Welcome to Chicago, Here Are Your Bed Bugs.
July 7, 2014 – 9:05 AM | No Comment

Tricia Jones recently relocated to the bed bug capital of the United States – Chicago, IL.  In her very first Chicago apartment, she was welcomed by a full blown infestation.  She didn’t know what to …

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Evictions & Foreclosures

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Find out how to address repair issues with your landlord.

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Starting and ending the rental agreement; security deposits.

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Lockouts and Retaliation

Lockouts, unlawful landlord entry and more.

County Votes to End Discrimination County Votes to End Discrimination

On May 8, 2013 the Cook County Board of Commissioners, in a landmark vote to end discriminatory housing practices throughout Suburban Cook County, voted to pass the Source of Income Amendment to the Cook County …

MTO Celebrates Past Success and Inspires for the Future MTO Celebrates Past Success and Inspires for the Future

Friends, activists and dignitaries packed the upstairs lounge at Revolution Brewing for Metropolitan Tenants Organization’s annual Renters’ Spring Celebration.
This year’s celebration commemorated the 45th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act.  Honorees …

Ms. Rose Green awarded Ralph Scott Award for Tenant Leadership Ms. Rose Green awarded Ralph Scott Award for Tenant Leadership

It is most fitting that the 2nd Annual Ralph Scott Award for Tenant Leadership will go to Rose Green, president of Rogers Park-based New Directions for Change, an organization which works on issues of low-income …

Report challenges tie between housing vouchers, crime: Chicago Tribune Report challenges tie between housing vouchers, crime:  Chicago Tribune

 
Renters’ use of housing choice vouchers, more commonly known as Section 8 vouchers, long has worried communities that the arrival of voucher-holding tenants in a neighborhood will lead to crime and, eventually, lower property values.
That’s …

Renters’ Spring Celebration 2013! Renters’ Spring Celebration 2013!

On April 23rd, 2013 Metropolitan Tenants Organization will host our annual Renters’ Spring Celebration at Revolution Brewing 2323 N. Milwaukee 6-8 pm.  Good food, good music, good times and good networking.  Last year’s event attracted …

A Call to Action from MTO A Call to Action from MTO

End Discrimination Against Housing Choice Voucher Holders in Suburban Cook County
Dear Friends & Supporters:
 
This year, MTO, Access Living and Progress Center of Illinois and numerous supporters and endorsers are embarked on an effort to win …

Clergy Support Source of Income Campaign Clergy Support Source of Income Campaign

MTO, Access Living and Progress Center Illinois held a Prayer Breakfast regarding the Source of Income amendment on January 15,  2013 at Pearl’s Place in Chicago.  Over forty pastors and community leaders from across the …

Town Hall Meeting: Housing Discrimination & Segregation on March 6 Town Hall Meeting: Housing Discrimination & Segregation on March 6

MTO, Access Living, and Progress Center of Illinois invite you to a Town Hall meeting to discuss critical housing discrimination.  The meeting will be held on:
Wednesday March 6, 2013
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Avenue
Chicago, …

Heat and Other Essential Services – Terminate Lease – Sample Letter

This letter applies to residents within the city of Chicago only who are covered under the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). Please see the Exceptions to the RLTO to ensure the law applies to you.
For tenants in suburban Chicagoland, …

Renters Protest Oak Park’s Largest Landlord Renters Protest Oak Park’s Largest Landlord

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, more than 40 tenants and advocates from across Cook County picketed Oak Park Apartments’ headquarters on Chicago Avenue to protest the company’s refusal to accept Housing Choice Vouchers.  While it …