Change of Tenants’ Locks/Re-Key Law
Public Act 97-470
(Mayfield, D-Waukegan; Jones, D-Chicago) requires landlords to “change or rekey” locks of rental property after a renter moves out if the new renter has a written lease agreement. If the landlord doesn’t do this, the landlord is liable for any damages for theft that occur. It exempts (1) apartment buildings with four units or less if the owner occupies one of the units or (2) the rented room is in a private home also occupied by the owner. Effective January 1, 2012.
State legislative law that applies to counties with populations over 500,000 residents.