Receive the information you need to know as a tenant on renter's rights. We offer assistance on matters that involve eviction, notices, and repairs.
Your landlord is required to provide at minimum, 24 hour notice to enter.
Your landlord must follow a lawful eviction process they believe the property is abandoned.
The buyer or renter of a dwelling is protected from seller or landlord discrimination.
It is the responsibility of the landlord to fix needed repairs, and in an expeditious manner.
Under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law, landlords have the obligation to create a healthy home.
Benefits and costs of leases versus month to month tenancies.
In the state of Ohio, a landlord is not obligated to provide a lease.
Tenants are obligated under the Ohio landlord tenant law to follow local, state, and federal laws.
Landlords must provide reasonable security measures against criminal activity.
Rent depositing is the legal process by which a tenant can hold the landlord accountable
Tenants must receive notice of rent increases and late charges may not be unfair.
There is never a time when you can withhold your rent.
Landlord cannot retaliate by increasing rent, decreasing service, evicting or threatening to evict
Landlord is required to return your security deposit within 30 days of receiving your keys.
Landlord may not make the condition of property uninhabitable causing the tenant to vacate.
Landlords can only make the tenant pay for utilities if there is an individual submeter in place.
A tenant is only obligated to pay rent for the time they have “right of access" or keys to the unit.
Rental agreements must contain the name and address of the owner and the owner's agent.
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.