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Untitled1OnLine: Our tenant rights resources are now available on the go! If you have a repair issue, a question about your lease, or just want to take pictures of your unit to protect your deposit, use Squared Away Chicago. 

Persons with hearing impairments seeking MTO’s assistance may utilize our Squared Away Chicago application as a resource, or request an email appointment for one-on-one help by contacting: info@tenants-rights.org


Via Phone: Tenants Rights Hotline:  773-292-4988
The hotline is open Monday-Friday, from 1-5pm. Walk-In’s are welcome during Hotline hours!

Persons with vision impairments seeking MTO’s assistance may utilize our Tenants Rights Hotline for direct personal assistance.



Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is fully committed to serving all those who seek our assistance equally. Article IV of our By-Laws states: The Organization shall not directly or indirectly discriminate against any person or organization by reason of race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual preference, parental status or source of income.


The grievance procedure described below may be used by any person seeking assistance from the Metropolitan Tenants Organization concerning a problem or dispute which relates directly to MTO or a member of its staff.

In the event an individual has a grievance involving their interactions with MTO or a member of its staff, he/she should submit a written statement concerning the grievance to the Executive Director who will acknowledge & investigate the grievance, and attempt to find an amicable resolution within 10 days.

 Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Attn:  Executive Director
1727 S Indiana Ave, Suite G03
Chicago, IL  60616

If an amicable resolution cannot be found, the individual filing the grievance may continue the grievance by writing the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The Committee will consult with the Executive Director, and see if an amicable resolution can be made, or dismiss the grievance, within 30 days.

 Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Attn: Executive Committee
1727 S Indiana Ave, Suite G03
Chicago, IL  60616


Full Text of the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. If you are a tenant in suburban Chicagoland, please click here for the law as it applies in your town.

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