Code Violations

An updated ordinance passed by Columbus City Council in December to protect renters from being evicted by their landlord for complaining about code violations takes effect Wednesday.

A Franklin County Environmental Court judge has given a Hilltop man until mid-November to bring his 15 West Side rental properties into compliance with municipal codes.

Cases of code violations in rental housing often go to Environmental Court, but officials say getting the past history on a landlord or a tenant makes prosecution more difficult.