(A) Upon the filing of the motion for an order of possession pursuant to section 2737.03 of the Revised Code, the court shall cause the matter to be set for hearing within twenty days thereafter and the respondent shall be notified in accordance with section 2737.05 of the Revised Code.
(B) If a hearing is requested in accordance with section 2737.04 of the Revised Code or if a continuance is granted in accordance with division (B) of section 2737.06 of the Revised Code, the hearing shall be limited to a consideration of whether there is probable cause to support the motion.
The court shall issue an order of possession if it finds, on the basis of the affidavit and, if applicable, the evidence presented at the hearing, that there is probable cause to support the motion.
(C) Any failure of the respondent to oppose the motion or to refute any evidence presented by the movant shall not constitute a waiver of any defense of the respondent or affect the respondent's right to produce evidence at subsequent hearings or at the trial of the action.
(D) The respondent shall be sent prior notice of the date, time, place, and purpose of any hearing other than the hearing set under division (A) of this section and of the date, time, and place of the trial of the action.
Effective Date: 08-26-1982 .