Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance

Web Admin - Friday, May 08, 2015

landlord tenant ordinance, Schaumburg real estate lawyerOver 60 percent of Chicago residents live in rental housing. As a result, the laws governing the landlord-tenant relationship are very important. The Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance governs a majority of the residential rental agreements within the city. The Ordinance places certain duties on both landlords and tenants.

What Does the Ordinance Do?

Generally, the Ordinance covers any rental units under written or oral leases. However, the Ordinance does not cover the following:

  • - Units in owner-occupied buildings that have less than six units;
  • - Units in hotels, motels, inns, or bed-and-breakfast establishments, unless rent is paid monthly and the unit is occupied by the tenant for more than 32 days;
  • - Dormitories or shelters; and
  • - Owner-occupied co-operatives.

The Ordinance requires that tenants abide by all of the obligations of the Municipal Code. Some of these duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • - Maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (for example, by ensuring that working batteries are in the detectors);
  • - Keeping the unit as safe as the conditions of the premises permits;
  • - Avoiding disturbing other tenants; and
  • - Not causing any damage to the unit.

Landlords are also placed under duties by the Ordinance. A landlord is required to maintain the property in compliance with the Municipal Code. This includes maintaining heating facilities, the structural integrity of the building, and the building’s plumbing system, among numerous other items.

Further, a landlord cannot require a tenant to renew a lease agreement more than 90 days before an existing agreement ends. Additionally, a landlord must provide a tenant with at least 30 days written notice if the rental agreement will not be renewed. If this required notice is not given, a tenant may remain in the unit for 60 days under the same terms and conditions as the last month of the existing agreement.

Remedies for Defects

If a property has a minor defect, a tenant’s first step to remedy the issue is to provide written notice to the landlord indicating that if the landlord does not correct the defect, the tenant will have the defect corrected at the landlord’s expense. The landlord has 14 days to correct the issue before the tenant can take action. The cost to correct the issue cannot be more than the greater of $500 or one half of the monthly rent. After 14 days, if the landlord has not taken corrective action, the tenant can have the repairs completed. The tenant can then submit to the landlord a paid bill and deduct the cost of the work from the rent.

For a material noncompliance to maintain the premises, a tenant may withhold rent in an amount that reasonably reflects a reduction in value of the premises as a result of that material noncompliance. This withholding of rent may continue for as long as the material noncompliance continues. However, the withholding can only begin after 14 days have passed since the landlord was given written notice of the condition.  

If you would like more information about the rights and obligations of the parties involved in a residential rental relationship, you should speak with an experienced Illinois real estate attorney today. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC can help. Our office proudly represents clients in the Schaumburg, Palatine, and Long Grove areas, among many others. 

About the Author: Founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, Colin Gilbert, received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of law in 2005. Colin argues cases across many practice areas including criminal defense, collections, civil litigation, real estate law, and corporate law. Colin is an active member of the Board of Governors of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and the Illinois Creditors Bar Association. He is currently Vice President of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, and is a Commissioner for the Village of Arlington Heights. Colin has a 10.0 Attorney rating on Avvo, and was named one of the 2014 “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Recent Posts


Illinois personal injury attorney Illinois criminal defense attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer pet law Illinois traffic attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys investment property bicycle accidents Barrington attorney DUI penalities rest breaks Illinois employment law attorneys Mount Prospect real estate lawyer whistleblower protections drug crimes lawyer Detainer Actions probate probate lawyer Palatine personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer insurance adjusters Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney POA Rolling Meadows tax attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyer clemency Palatine employment law lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer automated cars Illinois Illinois medical malpractice lawyers texting and driving employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, modern family estate planning Rolling Meadows probate lawyer probate process breathalyzer test employee discrimination Family Medical Leave Act power of attorney for healthcare Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer elder abuse Class A misdemeanor dram shop law employment law, Illinois employment laws Schaumburg elder law lawyer Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Barrington employment law firm Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer power of attorney Arlington Heights employment law attorneys vacation home fines uninsured motorist traumatic brain injury car accidents boating DUI golf accidents Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers blood alcohol content installment contracts Mt Prospect Attorney traffic violations defense Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney marijuana crimes attorney taxes Schaumburg traffic lawyer Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Illinois Probate Act of 1975 personal injury Illinois traffic attorneys personal injury attorney construction accidents Schaumburg criminal attorney Arlington Heights personal injury attorney estate planning trusts FMLA Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Forcible Entry car accident lawyers FSLA no contest clauses estate planning attorney Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Chicago trucking accident attorney employment contract surgical mistakes Palatine business attorney dog bites Arlington Heights lawyer drunk driving statistics estate planning lawyer denied insurance claims Illinois employment lawyer pedestrian accident real estate attorneys forming a corporation in Illinois Barrington boating accident attorney Illinois estate planning Crystal Lake injury attorney Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Illinois medical malpractice attorney ObamaCare Illinois car accident attorney Exclusions mortgage subcontractor residential real estate DNR caretaker rights criminal disability benefits Thanksgiving privacy Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer new real estate form Illinois workers compensation attorney Arlington Heights tax lawyer capital gains tax traffic laws IRS Crystal Lake employment law attorney Chicago biking tips suspended license Crystal Lake employment attorney Illinois elder law attorney Palatine Attorney Des Plaines criminal attorney Illinois boating accident lawyer trucking accident lawyers DMV Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Palatine criminal defense lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Illinois traffic accident lawyer Chicago insurance law firm car collision BAIID Buffalo Grove traffic attorney real estate contract GM ignition switches DUI defense insurance claim denial insurance agent negligence small business Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Schaumburg estate planning lawyer comparative negligence Long Grove real estate attorney real estate lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident sole proprietorship Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys appealing an insurance claim Barrington criminal defense lawyer CAM deadly crashes Rolling Meadows real estate attorney breach of contract unfunded trust Barrington estate planning lawyer reckless homicide tax attorney workers comp Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, wrongful termination Palatine injury attorney Inverness personal injury attorney Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act commercial leases living trust benefits Long Grove real estate lawyer Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Rolling Meadows traffic attorney wills wills and trusts landlord tenant law liability claims trust payments insurance claims car accident special needs trust Palatine construction attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer senior citizens Des Plaines insurance attorney deed transfer product liability minimum wage driving Illinois business law atorneys gift taxes Illinois Sales Representative Act jet ski Inverness elder law lawyer Palatine trusts lawyer IRELA Barrington employment attorney Crystal Lake law firm insurance dispute Illinois medical malpractice claim rent to own real estate contracts wage theft car accident lawyer Illinois construction accident attorney home inspection lawyer car crash injuries Illinois trucking safety Schaumburg condo health insurance dispute unpaid overtime eluding a police officer license revocation Palatine workers compensation lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyer Illinois speeding lawyer DUI Home Sale Contingencies Illinois job attorney Whistleblower Claims Colin H. Gilbert Illinois corporate lawyer food poisoning Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Home Remodeling Repair Act dealing with problem employees Illinois rollover accident lawyers Des Plaines accident attorney Palatine drug lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer living wills Long Grove estate planning Illinois living will Buffalo Grove probate lawyer insurance claim dispute insurance disputes pizza emoji Joliet general practice lawyers license truck collisions Chicago traffic lawyer Fair Labor Standards Act Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer insurance agents insurance claim dispute attorney Schaumburg drug defense lawyer construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Transfer on Death Instrument Illinois workers compensation lawyer Buffalo Grove real estate attorney trusts murder charges Illinois employment laws Crystal Lake business law attorneys Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers severance agreements pet bites llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Barrington injury attorney Palatine probate lawyer Illinois workplace lawyer Des Plaines collections attorney manufacturing landlord Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Illinois personal injury Illinois lawyer internet estate tax TBI pay when paid contract motorcycle accident Illinois will lawyer murder Buffalo Grove injury lawyer hiring employees real estate closing Illinois attorney Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents owner responsibility Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys drunk driving estate attorney criminal record Barrington estate planning attorney liens commercial leasing Attorney Ken Apicella Crystal Lake employment lawyer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys child safety Palatine employment lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Arlington Heights TBI attorney estate planning for college students Crystal Lake car accident lawyer real estate leasing Des Plaines injury law firm Deer Park employment law attorney Barrington litigation attorney cell phone hit and run accident paid sick leave Chicago will attorney Schaumburg insurance lawyers Palatine elder law attorney wrongful death corporate law consent to a search foreclosed rental property South Barrington real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Chicago employment attorney Palatine employment attorney Illinois estate planning law firm Crystal Lake insurance lawyer sexual harassment drug possession PTSD Palatine insurance lawyer Inverness probate lawyer Illinois wills and trusts slip and fall Palatine traffic lawyer Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer workplace sexual harassment Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer life insurance claims digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Buffalo Grove law firm life insurance lawyer trauma after an accident Schaumburg probate attorney holiday statistics Illinois insurance claim attorney insurance attorney Illinois injury lawyer civil litigation attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney digital evidence Retaliatory Discharge operating agreements trucking accidents income distribution deducation Long Grove estate planning attorney Illinois DUI attorney distracted driving accidents Employment Discrimination Law privacy laws underinsured motorist Schaumburg Attorney boating accidents Illinois employment attorneys Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer overtime violations insurance claim delay filing a medical malpractice claim Illinois pet lawyer Palatine corporate law attorneys healthcare claims estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, employment lawyer Barrington personal injury lawyer in terrorem provision Deer Park real estate law firm Legal Info Crystal Lake car accident attorney Des Plaines civil attorney mass shooting rollover accidents medication errors Illinois insurance claims lawyers living trust condo association Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers accidental death benefits Inverness civil lawyer traffic violations life insurance Palatine civil litigation lawyer Illinois business lawyer trustee traffic deaths Policy Cancellation Schaumburg estate planning attorney Illinois probate lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Illinois insurance attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer car crash Super Mario living trust vs will premises liability Schaumburg personal injury lawyers insurance denials drug crime medical research IRA trust transfer fatal car accidents Arlington Heights traffic attorney probate claims Buffalo Grove employment lawyer swimming pools Des Plaines claims law firm Inverness insurance attorney real estate Palatine real estate lawyer Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Inverness estate planning lawyer license reinstatement Illinois employment law firm icy parking lots Illinois small business Illinois traffic laws Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys business litigation medical marijuana institutional trustee Liquor Control Act drugs blended families civil litigation Deer Park DUI lawyer DUI attorney Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers murder defense medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers BUI spinal cord injuries personal injury claim Palatine civil attorney real estate zoning Inverness DUI lawyer Illinois defective products attorney Illinois mortgages Landlord Tenant Ordinance cell phone tower data Arlington Heights trucking lawyer preventable medical errors Illinois insurance lawyer startup company problem employees loss of consortium Barrington real estate lawyer Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney caregiver traffic crimes Schaumburg car accident attorney insurance dispute attorney Schaumburg construction accident lawyer texting while driving liability advance healthcare directive first degree murder construction contracts Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. Illinois Smoke Detector Act fiduciary rule delay job lawyers traffic tickets Long Grove estate planning attorneys Inverness real estate lawyer estate plan Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney IRA benefits Illinois employment law attorney real estate attorney digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers personal injury accidents Des Plaines real estate attorney guardianship attorney Illinois real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows business lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer Self-Directed IRA Accounts irrevocable trust employment attorney Colin Gilbert Arlington Heights injury attorney ACA Illinois real estate anesthesia errors Schaumburg employment attorney financial advisors criminal law Illinois home inspection pain and suffering Inverness traffic law firm changes to mortgage law bad faith insurance claims spinal cord injury Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Illinois employment law Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer motorcycle accident lawyer trench injuries Do Not Resuscitate Chicago car accident lawyer Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Inverness accident lawyer sexual images Schaumburg employment law attorneys Chicago estate planning Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Chicago corporate attorney preventing accidents Rolling Meadows employment attorney natural gas explosion Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Illinois law car crashes meal breaks traffic accidents federal crimes Schaumburg injury lawyer Mount Prospect elder law attorney Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer products liability denial of life insurance Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Deer Park traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney cell phone accidents underfunded trust Barrington employment law attorney Des Plaines real estate lawyer Riverwoods estate planning lawyer LLCs Arlington Heights insurance attorney workers compensation Barrington workers compensation attorney Illinois medical malpractice case Arlington Heights criminal lawyer pregnant women estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Barrington Traffic Lawyer Des Plaines DUI attorney distracted driving accident victims Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Schaumburg real estate lawyer attorney fees Illinois insurance disputes fault based insurance DGAA foreclosure field sobriety test Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Des Plaines tax law firm South Barrington real estate attorney elder law auto accidents Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Chicago attorney employee misclassification involuntary manslaughter hands free device Des Plaines pet law attorney Arlington Heights employment attorney speeding Chicago insurance claim attorneys Kenilworth estate planning attorney underage DUI Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Barrington criminal lawyer work unions Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer commercial real estate Chicago estate planning lawyer drug crimes digital information Crystal Lake tax lawyer Crystal Lake accident attorney unauthorized overtime Des Plaines drug lawyer School Visitation Rights Act life insurance policy Jay Andrew insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys jet ski accidents slip and fall accidents social media after death Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer loopholes Deer Park accident attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer insurance negligence traumatic brain injuries federal regulations for LLCs license suspension Crystal Lake traffic attorney Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney creditors defective products medical malpractice compensation Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer probate fees Arlington Heights Attorney pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality dynasty trusts Deer Park criminal attorney Schaumburg estate attorney Illinois tax attorney employees Illinois trusts attorney contracts Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Illinois red light cameras Arlington Heights accident attorney personal injury lawyer Illinois registered agent Deer Park traffic accident attorney Fourth of July ken apicella boating under the influence Illinois personal injury lawyers crossover accidents overtime pay BAC civil rights violation Palatine traffic accidents back injuries agent Inverness corporate attorney rollover car crashes controlled substance Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm insurance claim denials homestead rights Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Chicago employment lawyer Barrington business law firm compensatory time personal injury claims Illinois collections attorney Illinois workplace discrimination attorney denied insurance claim brain injury Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Schaumburg criminal law attorney unpaid assessment Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Crystal Lake will lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Schaumburg corporate attorney low-ball insurance settlement head on collisions rumble strips insurance claim estate planning insurance denial appeals bike accident revenge porn Illinois LLC creation Crystal Lake pet attorney Illinois driving without license Illinois Human Rights Act Barrington civil litigation attorney medical malpractice natural gas nursing home negligence medical malpractice claims expungement vacation home traffic offenses workers compensation benefits college kids Palatine law firm Palatine corporate attorney Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys bicycle dooring accidents Palatine estate planning lawyer Chicago lawyer Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Des Plaines pedestrian accidents personal injury law firm right to work employment law criminal defense Inverness injury lawyer Rolling Meadows Illinois bicycle safety comp time digital assets independent contractor marijuana Schaumburg personal injury attorney Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Barrington drug crime attorney probate claims process employee rights Des Plaines personal injury attorney healthcare Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Barrington personal injury attorney fiduciary rule defective products lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Palatine punch death Illinois estate planning attorney Affordable Care Act Inverness real estate attorney