EL landlord appeals revoked rental licenses

LISBON — An East Liverpool landlord has filed an appeal in Common Pleas Court in an attempt to reverse a decision that revoked some of his rental licenses.

Aaron and Joanna Stevens filed the appeal on Friday, regarding the East Liverpool Board of Housing Appeals decision on Sept. 17, to agree with Service-Safety Director Brian Allen and the Planning Commission. That commission had decided to designate the Stevens as nuisance landlords, which revoked the rental licenses for more than a dozen properties. The nuisance landlord designation is allowed by a newly-enacted ordinance in the city of East Liverpool.

One of the violations the Stevens was accused of was because they reportedly failed to provide proof of fire and casualty insurance for the properties, which included adding East Liverpool as certificate holder. Additionally, they reportedly did not renew a license before it expired.

In the court documents filed Friday, the Stevenses called the hearing that was held before the Board of Housing Appeals on Sept. 6 a travesty with people from the public invited to give their opinions. The lawsuit further claims the hearing was not fair or impartial, did not meet the minimal standards of due process and unreasonably terminates their ability to conduct their rental business.

— Deanne Johnson


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