May I stop making rent payments if my landlord fails to make needed repairs at my rental unit?

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No. But you may be permitted to pay your rent to the clerk of the municipal court, instead of to your landlord. You must be current in rent to make your rent payment to the court. If you do not make your rent payment to your landlord or to the court, you may be evicted for nonpayment of rent.

Next Steps

Visit a brief advice clinic or contact one of the following partner agencies.

Cuyahoga County residents:
The Cleveland Tenants Organization
Rental Information Center
(216) 432-0609

City of Cleveland residents:
Cleveland Housing Court
The Justice Center
1200 Ontario Street, 13th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-4295

Lake County residents:
The Fair Housing Resource Center
(440) 392-0147

Other Resources

“Know Your Rental Rights in Cleveland”
“Know Your Rental Rights”

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