Property Rights

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Federal Court Victory: Forbidding More Than Three People from Living Together Violates Ohio Constitution

Ohio cities violate property rights by using zoning to prohibit more than three unrelated people from living in the same home Bowling Green, OH – A federal court late Friday, agreeing with arguments made by the 1851 Center for Constitutional…
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Columbus “Admissions Tax” Will be in Court and on Ballot

1851 Center spearheads legal action to protect citizens from municipal “ticket taxes” on arts and entertainment that force funding of private art Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today moved to protect Ohioans from…
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Ohio Cities Cannot Prohibit Use of Security Alarms

Cincinnati's "alarm tax" violates homeowners’ right to communicate, freedom from double-taxation The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has moved to invalidate a municipal ordinance that forbids homeowners from protecting themselves with…
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Victory: Ohio Cities' "Pre-Sale" Home Inspections and Fees Unconstitutional

City of Oakwood violated homeowners Fourth Amendment rights through sweeping city-wide  home inspection requirements and must now return in section fees to all affected homeowners February 9, 2018: Dayton, OH - A federal court late yesterday…
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Forbidding More Than Three People from Living Together Violates Ohio Constitution 

Ohio cities violate property rights by prohibiting more than three unrelated people from living in the same home February 5, 2018: Bowling Green, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today moved to strike a municipal ordinance that…
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Sixth Circuit: State Cannot Inspect Ohioans’ Business Records without Warrant

Fourth Amendment prohibits state’s mandate making all business records “available at all times” to state agents January 22, 2018: Columbus, OH – A federal circuit court late yesterday ruled that Ohio’s policies demanding private business…
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Court: $100 Per Day Fines for Yard Signs Unconstitutional

Ohio city's ban on political yard signs except directly before and after elections violates free speech, property rights August 30, 2017: Toledo, OH - A federal court prohibited an Ohio city from fining citizens who display political yard…
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Ohio Court: Eminent Domain for Private Pipelines Unconstitutional

Private ethane pipeline to Canada is not a "public use" or "public necessity," as required by Ohio Constitution Ruling will protect property rights of Ohio farmers and other rural property owners Bowling Green, OH - An Ohio court ruled that…
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Taking of Ohioans' Land for Private Pipeline Unconstitutional

15 families unite and move to dismiss corporation's case attempting to take their land through eminent domain. Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law moved to dismiss 16 separate eminent domain cases filed in Bowling Green, Ohio…
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Federal Court: State Cannot Inspect Ohio Businesses Without a Warrant

Fourth Amendment prohibits state mandate to make business records, property, and inventory available to state agents "at all times" and "upon demand" Columbus, OH - A federal court ruled that State Agencies violate the Fourth Amendment’s…
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Ohio Cities' Pre-Sale Home Inspections Unconstitutional

Legal Center moves to protect Ohioans' property rights from unlawful searches and fees statewide Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law moved in federal court to immediately enjoin Ohio cities, and the Cities of Bedford and Oakwood…
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Ohio School District Forced to Return $5.5 Million in Illegal Taxes to Taxpayers

Indian Hill Board of Education raised taxes without a vote, refused to refund money Cincinnati, OH - After a five-plus year legal battle concluded with an Ohio Court denying all of its objections, the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District…
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Ohio Court: Cities Cannot Immediately Seize Private Property When Not For Roads

Court's ruling places important limits on "quick-take" eminent domain power Columbus, OH - An Ohio Court ruled that the City of Perrysburg's attempt to immediately seize the land of eleven local homeowners exceeds its power, given the Ohio…

Ohio Cities May Not Immediately Seize Rural Township Properties

Eminent Domain Abuse Continues as Cities Attempt to Seize Land Beyond Their Borders, Overuse "Quick-Take" Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has moved to counter the aggressive legal tactics taken by the City of Perrysburg,…
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Federal Court: Cities' Rental Licensing and Inspection Requirements Unconstitutional

Fourth Amendment secures property rights of landlords from unlawful searches and occupational licensing regulations in Ohio and nationwide Columbus, OH – The Southern District of Ohio ruled that the City of Portsmouth’s occupational licensing…
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Ohio High Court Rebukes School District Tax Increase

Taxpayers cheated by Indian Hill School District's "Inside Millage Move", by raising taxes without public vote Cincinnati - Indian Hill School District's property tax increase without voter permission violated state law, according to unanimous…
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Ohio Supreme Court Argument: Can School Districts Raise Your Taxes Without a Vote?

1851 Center argues that Indian Hill School District violated state law by raising property taxes without a vote, while already running huge budget surpluses and maintaining extravagant cash on hand Columbus, OH - The Supreme Court of Ohio…
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Legal Center to High Court: Cleveland-Area Stormwater Tax Unconstitutional

Northeast Ohio Sewer District tax on "impervious surfaces" is without legislative authorization, and is a property tax without the required voter approval Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law submitted to the Ohio Supreme…
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Ohio Cities' Rental Licensing and Inspection Requirements Unconstitutional

Legal Center moves to protect property rights of landlords from unlawful searches and licensing regulations in Mt. Healthy, Ohio Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law moved in federal court to immediately enjoin Ohio municipalities,…
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Banning Internet Cafes to Benefit Casinos: Unconstitutional and Inadvisable

Attacking politically weak small businesses at behest of influential larger businesses is wrong way for Republicans to begin new legislative session Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today emphasized to Ohio's state senators…