Goes a Long Way
Goes a Long Way
Cleveland Tenants Organization is the only non-profit in Cuyahoga County devoted solely to the rental community. We provide phone and in-person counseling, and conduct outreach to broader groups, in conjunction with the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law (OLTL). We educate both tenants and landlords on the fundamentals of the OLTL, and of their rights and responsibilities in rental housing. Additionally, we empower tenants to utilize their knowledge and assert themselves when applicable in navigating the lawful process of holding their landlord accountable for substandard housing conditions or other violations of the OLTL. CTO stabilizes rental housing situations and in doing so, aims to stabilize entire communities.
Through our Eviction Diversion program, Cleveland Tenants Organization performs outreach to thousands of Cuyahoga County residents every year who face eviction. While many evictions cannot be prevented, we do educate clients on the process and timing so that they have the best chance at not becoming homeless. We refer clients to agencies who can assist with moving costs, security deposits, back rent money, and finding housing. We also assess cases and apprise individuals of options if they exist, to keep their housing and/or fight for damages. Cleveland Tenants Organization also offers options for mediation between landlords and tenants.
Cleveland Tenants Organization assists thousands of tenants every year. As a result, we are able to assess the far-reaching issues related to rental housing and the rental community. We develop an advocacy agenda based on our interactions with clients. CTO engages local, state, and national policy makers to retain and establish policy that affects the rental community, including laws related to housing and the financial sector. We aim to not only improve rental housing conditions, but also the vitality of renters.