“How-To” Guide – Dealing with Extreme Cold
December 27, 2017 – 7:48 AM | No Comment

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 …

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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

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.

Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO)

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 …

Lead – FAQ Lead – FAQ

What is lead poisoning?
Lead is a poison that impacts everyone, especially children ages 6 years and younger. Lead can harm the brain, nerves, kidneys, digestive system, hearing and cause muscle and joint problems. Even …

Leases – FAQ

NOTE: If your landlord lives in your building, see the “Exceptions” note on the right side of this page.
This FAQ describes the different types of leases, how and when you can terminate a lease …

Mold – FAQ Mold – FAQ

How do I know if I have mold in my apartment?
The basic rule is “if you can see mold or smell mold, you have mold.” There are no fancy tests needed to tell you …

Noise and Neighbors Noise and Neighbors

Noisy and problematic neighbors are one of the most difficult issues to solve.
First off, both parties are tenants. Both have rights. These problems range from neighbors selling drugs to throwing an occasional party. It is …

Chicago Public Radio: Renters Caught in the Housing Collapse Chicago Public Radio: Renters Caught in the Housing Collapse

Thousands of buildings went into foreclosure last year in Chicago. And they weren’t all bungalows and condos. Joining us to talk about how foreclosures are affecting renters is John Bartlett. He is executive director of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization in Chicago.

ABC7 Local News : Tenants Protests Rent Increase ABC7 Local News : Tenants Protests Rent Increase

Midway Garden apartment tenants protest the sudden rent increase of 30 percent at their apartment building located on East 60th Street and South Cottage Grove Ave.

Exceptions to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

If you live in Chicago, the Chicago RLTO governs your tenancy unless you reside in:

An owner occupied building containing less than seven apartments;
A hotel, motel, inn, rooming house, or boarding house (unless you have resided …

Chicago Municipal Code – Full Text Link

For those who are interested in where most of the information on this website is sourced from, please see Chicago’s entire Municipal Code through this link.