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TAKE ACTION: Show your support for two important housing initiatives!
March 22, 2017 – 11:19 AM | No Comment
TAKE ACTION: Show your support for two important housing initiatives!

MTO and its allies are working on two important rental housing initiatives: Just Cause for Eviction and the Chicago Healthy Homes Inspection Program (CHHIP). These are two pieces of a broader housing justice platform of affordability, accessibility, habitability and …

The question is, how do we become better allies?
March 8, 2017 – 12:20 PM | One Comment
The question is, how do we become better allies?

Today is International Women’s Day. On this day, women all across the world receive praises that go unsaid the rest of the year. It’s also a day for women like myself to reflect on what …

IT Campaign
February 6, 2017 – 7:19 AM | No Comment
IT Campaign

MTO kicks-off IT Campaign
 
With a lot of help from our friends, the Metropolitan Tenants Organization today begins a targeted fundraising campaign to upgrade our computers and computer network.  The Pierce Family Foundation has kicked-off the …

The Fight for Human Rights is not on Winter Vacation
January 5, 2017 – 1:03 PM | No Comment
The Fight for Human Rights is not on Winter Vacation

While many of us were revving up for the holidays, other Chicago residents were standing up against violations of civil and human rights across our city. On December 21, 2016 human rights organizers held a …

MTO Works in Woodlawn
January 2, 2017 – 1:20 PM | No Comment
MTO Works in Woodlawn

Sheila was exhausted.  Her Woodlawn apartment was cold and unlivable — except to the rats, which constantly made their way in through holes in the kitchen walls.  In her bedroom, cold air flowed freely through …

MTO works in Rogers Park
December 29, 2016 – 2:26 PM | No Comment
MTO works in Rogers Park

When Bryan turned on his faucet in early November, he held out his hand — and hope — that he’d finally have hot water in his apartment again.  He had always paid rent on time …

“How-To” Guide – Dealing with Extreme Cold
December 5, 2016 – 7:48 AM | No Comment
“How-To” Guide – Dealing with Extreme Cold

Landlords in Chicago must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight (from September 15 to June 1). 
If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your …

Tenant Power Changes Lives at Rents Rights Expo
October 25, 2016 – 9:47 AM | No Comment
Tenant Power Changes Lives at Rents Rights Expo

The 2016 Rents Rights Expo brings us yet another success story. Teresa came to the MTO table last year looking for help. She had multiple repair issues in her apartment and, fed up with the conditions, she …

Tenants Bill of Rights Statement by Cook County Clerk David Orr
September 23, 2016 – 10:29 AM | No Comment
Tenants Bill of Rights Statement by Cook County Clerk David Orr

“We cannot allow this power that tenants have to be rolled back. We can’t go back to the way it was. We can’t allow people who pay their rent every month to live in unlivable apartments or …

30th Anniversary of Chicago’s Landmark Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance
September 7, 2016 – 7:10 AM | One Comment
30th Anniversary of Chicago’s Landmark Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

It is impossible to tell the story of tenants in Chicago without telling the story of the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO).
The RLTO is now 30 years old and counting: it was enacted by …