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Chicago Landlord-Tenant Lawyers
A Considerate Approach to Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes
There are several issues that might develop in both commercial and residential landlord-tenant relations. It is common where landlord or tenants are also unfamiliar with the variety of related real estate laws. It is therefore important for both landlord and tenants to ensure that they understand how to protect themselves and their interests. At Wolff Legal we are committed to preserving the interests of both landlords and tenants.
How our Chicago Landlord-Tenant Attorneys Can Help
Our lawyers are experienced in several areas of landlord-tenant law and the disputes that can arise from these areas. Our services include counsel and representation for:
- Breach of Lease (Contract)
- Termination of Lease
- Mortgage Foreclosure
- Property Management
- Housing Discrimination
- Building Code Violations
- Security Deposit Recovery
- Property Maintenance (Conditions)
- Lease Negotiation, Creation, Termination, and Review
- Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance Compliance
Understanding the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance in Chicago
In 1986, the city of Chicago established the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, or RLTO, in order to protect the health and safety of renters in Chicago. The RLTO applies to all apartments in Chicago, with the exception of those with six or fewer units where the landlord resides in the building.
The RLTO provides tenants with specific protections in the landlord-tenant relationship, including:
- Requiring landlords to provide tenants with their name, address, and phone number
- Barring landlords from banning subletting as long as the person the tenant is subletting meets the same qualifications of all other tenants on the property
- Limiting late fee amounts to $10 for the first $500 of rent and 5% on the remainder
- Ensuring tenants always have the right to a jury trial, and that the landlord's lease cannot override this right
All landlords of apartment properties that fall under the RLTO must provide a written summary of this ordinance to their tenants. If you are a tenant and your landlord fails to provide this summary, you have the right to terminate the lease.
Whether you believe your rights under the RLTO have been violated, or you are a landlord facing accusations of violating the RLTO, our attorneys can help you build your case.