A. MOTION FOR EXPEDITED FORECLOSURE:
1. A mortgagee who files a foreclosure action on a residential property may file a motion
with the Court to proceed in an expedited manner where the property is vacant and
a. The mortgagee must be a person entitled to enforce the instrument secured by the
mortgage pursuant to §§ 1303.31(A)(1) or (2) of the Revised Code, or a person with
the right to enforce the obligation secured by the mortgage.
2. Timing of Court’s decision on motion:
a. If the motion is filed before the last answer period has expired, the Court shall
decide the motion within 21 days after the last answer period has expired.
b. If the motion is filed after the last answer period has expired, the Court shall decide
the motion within 21 days after the filing of the motion.
3. In its motion, the mortgagee must list all applicable factors of R.C. 2308.02(C).
4. If the court makes a preliminary finding that the residential real property is vacant and
abandoned, but a government official has not verified the real property is vacant and
abandoned, within 7 days of the preliminary finding, the court shall order the
appropriate official of a county, municipal corporation, or township in which the
property is located to verify the property is vacant and abandoned.
a. Court costs assessed in connection with this Court ordered inspection must not
1. If the Court decides that the property is vacant and abandoned and that the mortgagee
who filed the motion to expedite is entitled to judgment, the court shall enter a final
judgment and decree of foreclosure and order the property to be sold.
a. The property shall be offered for sale not later than 75 days after the issuance of the
order of sale. The sale of the property shall be conducted in accordance with the
requirements in § 2329 of the Revised Code.
2. If the court decides that property is not vacant and abandoned, the 75-day deadline
shall not apply to the sale of the property.
3. Nothing in this section shall supersede or limit other procedures adopted by the Court
to resolve the residential foreclosure action, including foreclosure mediation.