Make a Difference this Giving Tuesday!
November 27, 2017 – 1:54 PM | No Comment

This Giving Tuesday, Give to the expecting mother, and her 3 young children, whose only wish is to secure decent housing. No child should have to live with a falling ceiling that impacts their safety and their quality of air. …

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MTO works in Rogers Park 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 “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 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 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 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 …

Support the Just Housing Amendment Support the Just Housing Amendment

One out of every three Americans has an arrest record. Nearly 50% of children have a parent with a criminal record. Housing policies that ban people with records disproportionately affects people of color and people …

Unincorporated Cook County Home to Many Housing Problems Unincorporated Cook County Home  to Many Housing Problems

Without the protection of laws like Chicago’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, renters in unincorporated communities in suburban Cook County are often the victims of unscrupulous landlords and property managers.

In March, that fact became an …