Evictions & Foreclosures

Guides about evictions, foreclosures, and moving out.

Apartment Conditions & Repair

Find out how to address repair issues with your landlord.

Leases & Security Deposits

Starting and ending the rental agreement; security deposits.

Heat, Utilities & Other Essential Services

Gas or water turned off? No heat in your apartment? Click here.

Lockouts and Retaliation

Lockouts, unlawful landlord entry and more.

Home » Chicago-specific Guide, Heat, Utilities & Other Essential Services, Landlord & Tenant Rights, Sample Letters

Heat & Other Essential Services – 24 hour notice – Sample Letter

last updated on November 2, 2009 – 1:56 PM4 comments

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, please click here for the law as it applies in your town.

24 Hour Heat & Essential Services


  • Chelsea Diaz says:

    My water is functioning but my kitchen sink itself is broken and is unable to be used. It is also leaking under my sink and causing water damage. Would this notice apply to my situation?

    • I do not know what notice you are referring to. If you are covered by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenants Ordinance then you can use a notice to get repairs done or to reduce the rent. Depending on the severity of the situation you may be able to use the provisions listed under heat and essential services which includes major Plumbing fixtures. You can make an argument that a kitchen sink is a major plumbing fixture. This will reduce the time of the notice to 3 days.


  • Danielle Sanders says:

    There has been no water in unit for almost a week. Contacted several times but no response.

    • Without knowing the reason why there you are not getting any water it is difficult to answer the question. If the landlord shut the water off as a way to get you out of the building then it would be considered a lockout and the tenant should call the police and report a lockout. If the landlord has not paid the bill, the Chicago Landlord and Tenants Ordinance allows tenants to pay the bill and deduct the cost of the bill from the rent. Tenants can also call 311 and request an inspection, though this may take more time.

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.