If your landlord has threatened to lock you out, take your property, shut-off your utilities or otherwise preclude you the use of the dwelling unit you are renting, you should notify your landlord
that their actions will be in violation of the Ohio Landlord/Tenant Law. If your landlord has already taken such action against you, you may be best advised to seek the assistance of a lawyer.
Even if the tenant is behind in rent, staying beyond the term of his/her rental agreement or violating a tenant obligation, the landlord must proceed with an eviction action. The landlord does not have the right to forego the eviction proceeding just because the tenant is in breach of his/her obligation.
A court of proper jurisdiction must make the determination that the tenant is in fact in violation of a tenant obligation and that violation warrants the premises being restored to the landlord's control. The Court can then issue a writ of restitution and schedule a bailiff or sheriff to go out to the premises to oversee the move out.
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.