Our Tenant Advocacy & Outreach program works with larger groups of stakeholders in the rental community, including tenants in multi-family apartment buildings, landlords, and other niche groups such as the Refugee Collaborative and the Reentry Collaborative. Read More
We educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities as renters, and work with them to collectively further the quality of living in their apartment communities. CTO works to establish and sustain working tenant councils that are active, operate democratically, are inclusive of all of the tenants at the property, and are wholly independent of management. CTO identifies tenant leaders and introduces and engages them with other community stabilization efforts and partners. Additionally, CTO conducts landlord trainings in an effort to ensure landlords know their obligations and lawful duties as landlords, and are responsible stewards of their properties. Our outreach efforts with niche groups allows us to focus on some aspects of tenancy that require a more thorough dialogue, such as how to overcome barriers in finding housing.
As part of our advocacy and outreach, CTO is happy to send a speaker to your organization or group to better familiarize you with our work and the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law.
To request a speaker, request an outreach coordinator for your building, or inquire about outreach efforts, call: 216-432-0617 x 3
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.