Cleveland Tenants Organization educates tenants and landlords, empowers the community, and advocates for affordable, fair, and quality rental housing.
A community that protects the rights of all tenants and promotes affordable, safe, healthy, fair, and stable living conditions.
The 1974 passage of the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law by Ohio’s General Assembly resulted in a group of grassroots advocates who fought for tenants’ rights in Cuyahoga County joining forces and formalizing their volunteer effort by incorporating Cleveland Tenants Organization (CTO) in 1975.
Since then, Cleveland Tenants Organization has been committed to preserving and expanding the supply of safe, decent, fair, affordable, and accessible rental housing in the Greater Cleveland area. We do this by preventing homelessness, resolving disputes between tenants and landlords, advocating for the needs of low to moderate income tenants, informing citizens of their rights and responsibilities in rental housing, empowering tenants individually and collectively to represent themselves and their interests, representing tenants and the interest of tenants in the preservation and promotion of rental housing rights, and combating discrimination in housing based on race, religion, color, gender, handicap, familial status, military status, socio/economic class and sexual orientation.
For over forty years, the Cleveland Tenants Organization has pursued its mission to educate tenants and landlords, empower the community, and advocate for affordable, fair, and quality rental housing. Throughout our history we have made an incredible impact for tens of thousands of renters in Northeast Ohio, preventing homelessness, resolving disputes between tenants and landlords, advocating for the needs of low to moderate income tenants, informing citizens of their rights and responsibilities in rental housing, and empowering tenants individually and collectively to represent themselves and their interests.
While the need in our community is greater than ever, it is with deep sadness that the CTO board of directors voted to suspend CTO's operations. Over the past decade many of our board members have watched financial support for CTO slowly decline to the point where the organization became no longer sustainable, leaving us no choice but to lay off our remaining staff.
We are grateful that tenants in Northeast Ohio will continue to have access to a rental information hotline, as CTO's rental information line will be covered by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland effective February 5, 2018. Renters can call 216-861- 5955 during business hours if they need information about their rights and responsibilities. CTO's website will also be maintained as a resource by Legal Aid.
CTO's board remains committed to the organization's mission, and over the coming months will be exploring ways to maintain different pieces of CTO's core service provision by partnering with other agencies in our community.