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Support the Just Housing Amendment
August 23, 2016 – 7:07 AM | No Comment
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 …

MTO takes on Application Fees
March 17, 2011 – 8:13 AM | 10 Comments
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 …

When Bed Bugs Attack
January 12, 2011 – 6:51 PM | 9 Comments
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 …

Radon – FAQ
November 3, 2010 – 9:03 AM | 2 Comments
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, …

Apartment Conditions and Repairs – FAQ
April 24, 2010 – 3:46 PM | 110 Comments

NOTE: If your landlord lives in your building, see the “Exceptions” note on the right side of this page.

What is my landlord responsible for?
Your landlord has a duty to keep your apartment in …

Lawyers, Low-Income Housing & Other Resources
April 23, 2010 – 11:00 PM | 20 Comments

This is an informational resource list. None of the following organizations have affiliation with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.
Legal Organization Referrals
Evictions (tenant must be low-income)
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (referral must be faxed)…………..312-784-3527
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services …

Illinois Laws
December 17, 2009 – 12:40 PM | 4 Comments

Foreclosure (Right to Possession) Law: Public Act 095-0262
Illinois Condo Conversion Ordinance
Illinois State Preservation Ordinance
Illinois Code of Civil Procedure – Eviction – Sets out in detail the procedures and methodology of eviction court cases.
Condo Conversion Proposal
“New” Illinois …

Apartment Conditions & Repair: Terminate Tenancy Sample Letter
December 4, 2009 – 4:17 PM | No Comment

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 …

Apartment Conditions & Repair: Rent Reduction Sample Letter
December 4, 2009 – 4:16 PM | 18 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 …

Apartment Conditions & Repair: Repair and Deduct Sample Letter
December 4, 2009 – 4:14 PM | No Comment

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 …