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Renters Rights in Chicago Illinois

According to the city of Chicago’s website, more than 60 percent of the city’s residents are renters. Just as certain responsibilities are required of them, they are also afforded certain rights under Illinois and Chicago laws and can hold landlords and building/unit owners responsible for their duties. Chicago renters’ rights and responsibilities are subject to national, Illinois state and city laws.

In Chicago, the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO) governs the relationship between the two parties, a summary of which must be attached to every lease to which it applies signed within the city. (The ordinance does not cover hotels, school dorms or units in owner-occupied buildings with six or fewer units, though it does cover oral agreements.)

The CRLTO states that tenants must buy and install batteries to keep smoke detectors working properly, keep the unit safe and clean and avoid disturbing other residents. A resident must also allow a landlord access to a unit after two days’ notice.

The attorney general’s office also says that tenants must pay rent on time, keep the unit “clean and undamaged” (and pay for any damages beyond “normal wear and tear” for which a tenant is responsible) and give a written 30-day notice if you intend to leave at the end of your lease in order to get your security deposit back.

Chicago landlords also have responsibilities according to the CRLTO and the Illinois Attorney General’s office, which first includes keeping the unit fit to live in. They must also make necessary repairs to buildings and units in compliance with health codes and cannot cut off access to water, heat or electricity.\

See more  at Huffington Post By Reboot Illinois

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