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To: Landlords in Cleveland

Eviction Moratorium in Cleveland

CALL TO ACTION: We are calling on landlords in Cleveland to sign onto a pledge to halt any financial-related evictions during this critical period surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak.

We are also calling on the City, Housing Court, and the police to issue a moratorium on evictions and eviction support taking place as a result of this crisis.

If you are in support of these calls to action, please sign the petition to use our collective strengths to protect residents and remain resilient through this crisis.
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Sincerely,
Anna and Scott
Equitable Landlording Collaborative
www.equitablelandlording.org

If you would like to connect about this effort, please contact us at [email protected]rg

Why is this important?

An astounding number of people in this city do not have enough savings to cover food and basic supplies for one to two weeks in the case that they are out of work. In light of the current spread of Coronavirus and resulting economic effects, many people in Cleveland are understandably nervous about the insecurities they may be facing if they are unable to work.

Many low-income residents in Cleveland are in a tenuous situation due to the spread of Coronavirus and resulting workplace shutdowns. We've crafted a thoughtful and collaborative approach to the crisis in the hopes that landlords adopt these practices to avoid any undue displacement or hardship on their tenants:
1. Proactively reach out to tenants to explain the landlord's plans and expectations on this issue and to ask them to provide updates about any changes in their financial status. We ask that landlords assure tenants that they are committed to working with them on a case by case basis to accommodate their needs.
2. During the course of this epidemic and its resulting economic outcomes, we ask that landlords put a moratorium on any financial-related evictions.
3. We ask that landlords utilize deferrals, loans, or temporary rent reductions/forgiveness as necessary to help those who have been laid off, prevented from working, or otherwise unable to make their rent rely on the safety and security of their home.

Here is a message template to share with tenants:
“Dear _, we hope this message finds you and your family well. We understand that the unfolding Coronovirus epidemic will impact a number of our tenants and are monitoring the situation closely. We do not want to add housing insecurity to the stresses that everyone is already experiencing, and are committed to ensuring that all of our tenants can stay in their homes through the duration of the present crisis. We are willing to work with each tenant on a case by case basis to address problems, financial or otherwise. We are asking that everyone promptly inform us of any developing problem as soon as new information is available so that we can work together to make accommodations. Please keep us posted, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, and in the meantime, take care of yourselves."

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We must work together to find solutions that meet the needs of many. To anyone worried about the ramifications of this crisis, whether landlords or tenants: Let's put our heads together to discuss how to get through it while protecting our most vulnerable residents.
Contact: [email protected] to get involved.

How it will be delivered

Signatures will be printed and sent to local officials to enact emergency policy changes to address this crisis.

Updates

2020-03-16 17:01:52 -0400

Hey Cleveland! We got almost 3200 signatures in the last 3.5 days on our petition to call for an eviction moratorium in Cleveland. Wow! We are SO grateful for this community support and for those who made this happen at the city council.
We're working round the clock right now connecting with local institutions to help guide positive mediation between landlords and tenants as they navigate these unprecedented waters. We will be rolling out some new tools to help everyone (landlords and tenants) be resilient through this crisis. Stay tuned. http://www.EquitableLandlording.org

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/03/16/city-of-cleveland-will-suspend-evictions-due-to-coronavirus-hardship-for-two-months

Please keep sharing this petition campaign to continue the support. We're not done yet! Send a message that will resonate beyond the city of Cleveland and ask the county and state to follow Cleveland's lead.

2020-03-14 15:15:53 -0400

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has launched a campaign to push this issue to the state level. They are circulating a letter to be sent to Governor Mike DeWine urging him to put an immediate halt to evictions and utility shutoffs across the state. We strongly endorse this effort and ask everyone who has supported this work at the local level to follow the link below and sign onto NEOCH's campaign.

https://www.neoch.org/cleveland-homeless-blog/2020/3/13/covid19-virus-ohio-needs-an-eviction-moratorium

Thanks to everyone that has signed so far - let's keep sharing and push this thing past 3,000!

2020-03-13 14:44:22 -0400

Update: Cleveland Municipal Court has just announced that it will reschedule all matters except jail cases for three weeks. This announcement does not affect Cleveland Housing Court. For the health, safety and residential stability of the most vulnerable in our community, we ask that Cleveland Housing Court follow the lead of the Municipal Court and put a temporary halt to eviction hearings. If you agree, call the Housing Court now at (216) 664-4295 to let them know.

https://clevelandmunicipalcourt.org/judicial-services/public-information-office/news-library/2020/03/13/cleveland-municipal-court-rescheduling-all-matters-before-the-court-except-jail-cases-in-response-to-coronavirus-threat

2020-03-13 14:24:47 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-13 10:13:07 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-03-13 00:38:01 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-03-12 23:04:54 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-03-12 22:33:09 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-03-12 22:07:44 -0400

10 signatures reached