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

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 …

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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

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Lockouts and Retaliation

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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

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When Bed Bugs Attack When Bed Bugs Attack

Bed bugs have returned, invading our hospitals, hotels, public transportation, and most unsettling of all, our homes. While bed bugs do not transmit disease, bed bugs have proven to be a serious nuisance to homeowners …

Bed Bug Seminar & Cosi Sandwiches: Thursday, Jan 20th at 6pm Bed Bug Seminar & Cosi Sandwiches: Thursday, Jan 20th at 6pm

MTO will be hosting a Bed Bug Workshop at the Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan) on Thursday, Jan 20th from 6 to 8pm. Free parking is available. Sandwiches and refreshments will be served, courtesy …

Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

This Ordinance applies to residences within the city of Chicago only. 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 …

Is Housing a Human Right? Is Housing a Human Right?

I recently attended a symposium “Bring Human Rights to Legal Services.”  The bulk of the discussions between Legal Aid attorneys and housing advocates were around how to bring a human rights framework to our work …

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Radon – FAQ Radon – FAQ

What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, dense, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally in soil.
How does radon get into homes?
Radon gas forms naturally in the soil in the Midwest. When the gas is produced, …