Landlord-Tenant Law


Monday, November 6: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Do you know the law? Two veteran attorneys will provide an in-depth and up-to-date overview of laws and regulations governing evictions, leases, reasonable accommodations and other property management legal issues. Attend this session to learn the nuts and bolts of landlord-tenant law, and stay current in your policies and procedures by avoiding costly legal missteps.


Moderator:

Casey Swemba, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Mr. Swemba joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in May 2011 as an Asset Manager. Mr. Swemba's responsibilities include performing physical site audits and file reviews, monitoring property performance on a monthly basis, and assisting with the preparation of quarterly financial information for investors. Prior to joining OCCH, Mr. Swemba worked as an attorney at the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in the areas of litigation, real estate, municipal law, environmental law, and creditor rights. Mr. Swemba has also previously worked in the legal department of Developers Diversified Realty Corporation, a REIT based in the Cleveland area. Mr. Swemba obtained his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and also holds a graduate degree in Urban Planning, Design & Development from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.


Speakers:

William L. (Bill) Willis, Jr., Willis Law Firm LLC
Bill Willis is the founding member of Willis Law Firm LLC. Bill grew up in a "construction" family and started working with property management clients as a law clerk before attending law school. 2015 will be Bill's 27th year in practice. Bill conducted his undergraduate work at Denison University and received his Juris Doctor from Capital University. He is primarily responsible for the residential and commercial land management matters of the firm. Bill also devotes a considerable amount of time to the firm's construction clients and HUD housing/discrimination matters. Bill is a frequent speaker and writer concerning multi-family issues throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Bill annually provides seminars for organizations such as The Columbus Apartment Association, Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association, Council for Rural Housing & Development of Ohio, and the Ohio Housing Authorities Conference, as well as various "in house" trainings for management companies. Willis Law Firm LLC is frequently asked to draft amicus briefs to various state and federal courts considering important legal issues in the real estate management industry and was selected by the National Apartment Association to draft Ohio's version of the "National Lease." Bill served on the OHFA Tax Credit Compliance Advisory Committee, Licking County (Ohio) Community Housing Board and the Licking County (Ohio) Tax Incentive Commission, and is the Housing Chair of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force. He currently serves on the Legislative Committee for the Columbus Apartment Association and Ohio Apartment Association.

Joe Maskovyak, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
Joe Maskovyak started at COHHIO in August 2014 after having served on the COHHIO board for many years. He is a long time housing advocate, starting his career at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) where he became the managing attorney for housing and worked on behalf of low income housing clients in Franklin County. In 2007 he moved to the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) where he pursued legislative work around housing on the state and national level. He has a bachelor's degree in Russian and Political Science and a master's degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to attending law school, he spent 4 years teaching in the Political Science Department at BGSU. He earned his JD from The Ohio State University and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida.