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How to Seal/Expunge a Criminal Record Please visit the Southeastern Ohio Legal Services website for all information regarding how to seal/expunge a Criminal Record. All necessary paperwork, including the Application to Seal a Criminal Record, can be printed from the SEOLS website.
What You Should Know About Refinancing Refinancing is a process in which you pay off one or more existing debts with a new home loan. This article offers twelve things to consider before refinancing.
What You Should Know About Land Contracts A Land Contract is an agreement by a Seller to sell you land and a house on that land and for an agreed price. This brochure offers general information on using land contracts.
Preventing Foreclosure If you own your home and fall behind on the mortgage payments, the lender may threaten foreclosure. This brochure describes what you can do to keep your home.
Energy Disconnection and Reconnection Many consumers struggle to pay natural gas and electric bills or may face payment-related issues in the future. This fact sheet informs consumers about important rights involving disconnection issues and payment assistance opportunities.
Your Access to Free Credit Reports If you've ever applied for a charge account, a personal loan, insurance, or a job, there's a file (“credit report”) about you. Your credit report contains information on where you work and live, how you pay your bills, and whether you've been sued, arrested, or filed for bankruptcy. This article explains how to obtain a free copy of your credit report and how to dispute inaccurate information contained in your credit report.
Fair Debt Collection If you use credit cards, owe money on a personal loan, or are paying on a home mortgage, you are a "debtor." If you fall behind in repaying your creditors, or an error is made on your accounts, you may be contacted by a "debt collector." This article explains your rights as a “debtor” against illegal debt collection activities.
Ohio Consumer Laws Ohio has enacted a number of laws that dictate how businesses must act regarding solicitations, contracts, home repairs and rebates, as well as many other laws that prohibit deceptive or unfair trade practices. This pamphlet provides general information about these laws.
Home Buying Guide This brochure from The Fannie Mae Foundation provides important information everyone thinking of buying a home should have. This brochure will assist you with buying your home.
Landlord - Tenant
Ohio Landlord-Tenant Law: What You Should Know! Understanding the rights of both the tenant and the landlord is an important part of a successful tenant/landlord relationship. This booklet provides useful information regarding the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in the state of Ohio.
Can My Landlord Just Kick Me Out? This brochure explains the legal process a landlord must follow in order to evict a tenant. If the landlord does not follow the proper eviction procedure, a tenant may have the right to file a lawsuit against their landlord.
Eviction - Second Cause: When Your Landlord Sues You for Rent This brochure provides information related to eviction, and what do to when your landlord sues you for unpaid rent and/or damage to the rental property. The brochure also provides instructions for filing a “counterclaim” against your landlord if you believe s/he actually owes you money.
How to Get Your Security Deposit Back Landlords often require security deposits before they will rent to any tenant. The security deposit is an amount of money the tenant must pay to the landlord before moving into the rental unit. The landlord keeps this money until the lease is finished just to make sure that the tenant does not break the lease or destroy the rental unit. This brochure explains your landlord’s obligations with regard to your security deposit. The brochure also contains the forms needed for you to file a lawsuit against your landlord for the return of your security deposit.
Ending a Lease This pamphlet describes a tenant’s rights and responsibilities in ending and breaking their lease.
Your Rights and Duties as a Mobile Home Park Resident This booklet is about your rights and responsibilities as a mobile home dweller. It is important for you to know your rights and duties when renting mobile homes, or lots on which to place your own home, so you can avoid some problems.
Cash Assistance This link provides complete information about applying for, receiving, and maintaining cash assistance from the government.
Food Stamps Benefits The Food Stamp program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well-being of individuals in low-income households in Ohio. This pamphlet provides general information about Ohio’s Food Stamp Program.
How Can I Resolve Benefits Disputes? When you do not agree with the decisions your caseworker or the welfare office makes on your case, you have the right to a county conference and a state hearing. If you have a problem with Ohio Works First, Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC), Medicaid, Child Support or Food Stamps, you have a right to ask for a state hearing. This brochure explains the hearing process.