I am a Sandusky resident and the owner of some rental properties in the city. When I read the recent comments in the Register about the current judge and the operation of the court, I couldn't resist writing this letter.
The column defending the judge failed to mention the court's policy that limits a landlord's ability to file evictions. Posted on the door of the clerk's office, in the division that handles evictions, is a sign that provides "Evictions will be filed on Monday mornings between 7:15-8 a.m. and from Monday afternoons between 2:30-3 p.m." This policy puts the tax paying property owner in a detrimental position. If the land owner isn't available during the one hour and 15 minutes per week allowed, he must wait a whole week longer to start the eviction process. Meanwhile the tenant who is not paying rent or is damaging property is permitted to continue their anti-social behavior at the land-owners expense. Of course the landowner could hire an attorney to file the eviction, since the court's policy is not enforced against lawyers.
The times are available to landlords to file evictions coincide with the times I take my daughter to school and pick her up. I have always thought that a judge was to be impartial in hearing the facts and applying the law. However, the judge and the attorney defending the court have made it clear that the defendant, even when the facts have proven them to be wrong or to have violated the law, will be given more concern from this judge than will be given to the victims.