MTO Sponsors Water at Risk: A Tribal Leaders’ Perspective
July 31, 2017 – 9:14 AM | No Comment

The Metropolitan Tenants Organization is co-sponsoring “Water at Risk”, a program highlighting the Standing Rock Sioux and Menominee Tribes’ campaigns to protect their tribes’ water resources. Several people have asked why would MTO, a housing …

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Extremely High Levels of Lead Detected in Pilsen Air Extremely High Levels of Lead Detected in Pilsen Air

MTO’s offices are located directly across the street from the Fisk Generating Station and very near Perez Elementary School.
New monitoring data obtained by the Tribune reveal that high levels of toxic lead frequently lingered …

MTO takes on Application Fees MTO takes on Application Fees

MTO hotline counselors have been hearing that landlords have been charging applicants outrageous fees when applying for housing without providing any explanation for the basis of the fees or if they are refundable. These …

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Empowered Seniors at 353 E. 53rd Street Empowered Seniors at 353 E. 53rd Street

In January of 2011, tenants from a senior building at 353 E. 53rd Street called MTO complaining of repair problems in their building.  The hotline counselor suggested building organizing to help address the building problems …

The Poor Fight Back! The Poor Fight Back!

Originally posted on www.commondreams.org
On Friday evening February 25th, 400 people, mostly low-income tenants, braved a chilly winter day to take to the streets in Chicago to stand up against the proposed Republican budget cuts. The …

Rename the Newsletter Contest – Win a Gift Certificate Rename the Newsletter Contest – Win a Gift Certificate

Email kathy@tenants-rights.org to submit your entry to rename our quarterly newsletter! The newsletter’s previous name was “TENAnt CITY.”

Major Protest Friday Against Devastating Budget Cuts Major Protest Friday Against Devastating Budget Cuts

Not on Our Backs: Stop the Slash-and-Burn Budget Cuts to HUD
Friday, February 25th
4pm – Teach In and Testimonies; 77 W. Washington – The Chicago Temple
4:45pm – March and Rally at the Thompson Center; 100 W. …

Deadly Dangers of Using the Stove for Heat Deadly Dangers of Using the Stove for Heat

During the winter season, MTO’s hotline receives numerous calls from tenants about a lack of heat in their units.  When we ask what steps the resident uses to address the problem in the meantime, a …

No RLTO – Terminate Tenancy – 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 …

PHOTOS: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Chicago Rental Housing

Chicago’s current 311-reporting process does not work to protect renters against their slumlords. A mandatory rental housing inspection program with strong enforcement power is imperative for Chicago and the health of its communities. Below is a …