CTO believes it is not only the tenant’s best interest, but the landlord’s and other community members for the landlord to know the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law and work within the law at all times.
We realize that it is sometimes necessary to pursue eviction or other corrective measures and we would rather a landlord seek advice or guidance from CTO rather than guess what is the correct, lawful process. Thus, we welcome all inquiries from landlords and ask that if you have a specific question regarding eviction to contact our Eviction Diversion program. If you have inquiries about other issues related to tenancy, please contact our Rental Information Center program.
As part of our Outreach and Education program, CTO conducts landlord trainings in partnership with Housing Research & Advocacy Center. Please reference our power point for further information on responsible landlording.
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.