Renters are often stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they push their landlords too hard for needed repairs; they could end up on the street, without an affordable place to live. But if they don't say anything; they could be forced to live in sub-standard, and sometimes even dangerous conditions.
But, there is a third choice, and that's where Akron's Community Legal Aid comes in. Their lawyers can help renters stay in their homes, through either individual, or collective legal action.
In fact, as you’ll hear in Jeanne Destro’s interview withLegal Aid Managing Attorney, John Petit; that’s exactly what is happening right now with a group of East Akron apartment residents who have banded together to form a “Tenant’s Union”.