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Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:00 am

Three for Thursday 11/5/20 – Government Affairs Update


This morning we’ll focus on Election recap but first, an update on drafted legislation in the City of Columbus:

  • We continue to monitor the Source of Income as a Protected Class, Rent Receipt & Renter’s Choice legislation in Columbus.
  • We have a coalition call later this morning to help set our strategy.
  • Stay tuned for more info on this and as we may likely need your assistance on these issues!


  • REALTORS® PAC & Central Ohio REALTORS® PAC had a successful night, going 26 – 3!
    • Loses include an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Franklin County Prosecutor and Franklin County Probate Judge
    • Ohio’s 16th Senate District (Western half of Franklin County) is still too close to call; waiting on absentee & provisional votes which can take up to 10 days.
    • Election results attached (separate tabs at the bottom)


  • Key 2020 Ohio Statehouse Election Takeaways via Columbus Underground & Capital Journal
    • Three districts in the Ohio House of Representatives have flipped from Democrats to Republicans — all located in Appalachian Ohio on the far eastern edge.
    • Democrats have a narrow lead in one contest for a GOP-held seat. That’s the 16th District race in western Cuyahoga County, with state Rep. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, facing Democratic challenger Monique Smith.
    • There are a handful of other races that are too close to call, though all are currently held by Democrats

Fair Housing Corner

Legal Updates on the Fair Housing Act

Love Letters or Liability Letters?

  • Buyer love letters are a tactic used by some buyers in an attempt to stand out to a seller, especially in hot markets with low inventory and bidding wars.  Seemingly harmless, these letters actually raise fair housing concerns and could open real estate professionals and their clients to fair housing violations. In this month’s Fair Housing Corner, learn how to protect yourself and your clients from the potential liability related to buyer love letters.
  • Read more about buyers letters here

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