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This website is intended to provide general information about the eviction process and general landlord information for Illinois landlords, specifically in Chicago, Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County.
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Chicago-based state legislator Will Guzzardi (39th District – D) has introduced House Bill 2430 which seeks to repeal the Illinois Rent Control Preemption Act. That law, discussed in a previous blog entry, was passed in 1997 and prohibits local governments or home rule units from enacting any law, resolution, or regulation that controls rent. At the time of its passage, then Illinois state senator Barak Obama voted against the law. Continue reading
Well, it took them about two weeks into the new year, but the State of Illinois has released the 2017 security deposit interest rate for those leases governed by the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act. The law applies to multi-unit residential properties containing 25 or more units for security deposits held for six months or more. There is a change this year and the interest rate now matches the Chicago rate. For 2016, the rate of interest to be paid for those leases is equal to .01%. Here is a link to the historical rates.
Many landlords waver at the decision to evict. That’s natural. To most landlords, evictions are scary. Worse yet, Illinois evictions are expensive, uncertain, and take lots of time. Luckily, the vast majority of landlords have never even had to go through an eviction! Continue reading
No. At this time, there is no ordinance in the City of Chicago that requires that a tenant obtain renter’s insurance. In fact, there is no statute in the State of Illinois that requires a tenant to provide such a policy. Landlords can, as a contractual provision and a requirement of leasing, require tenants to obtain renter’s insurance. Further, there are condominium associations that require that landlords within the association force their tenants to obtain an HO4 or other renter’s insurance policy.
Please note: Quick hits are short, simple answers to questions landlords might be asking – as with everything in landlord tenant law – things are not always short and simple – always consult an attorney before acting!
It took a few days, but the 2017 Chicago RLTO interest rate summary is now available. Remember, the interest rate for leases governed by the CRLTO entered into in 2017 is .01%. This summary – the WHOLE THING – needs to be attached to any new or renewal lease pursuant to 5-12-170 of the ordinance. For leases entered into in 2017, do NOT use the 2016 form! Continue reading
Last summer, the City of Chicago updated the Chicago Recycling Ordinance. That new law went into effect on January 1, 2017. The new ordinance has a direct effect on certain Chicago landlords. This law is not optional! The City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will be conducting inspections to enforce the new law. Continue reading
Back in August, 2016, the State passed amendments to the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act that affect landlords. Many landlords are aware of the federal law that requires landlords of residential rentals built prior to 1978 to disclose information (reports, pamphlets, etc.) of potential lead-based hazards in their real estate. However, many Illinois landlords are unaware of their obligations under the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act. The new amendments deal with mitigation notices for lead paint hazards in an Illinois rental building governed by the law. Continue reading
City of Chicago retains same interest rate to be paid on Security Deposits under RLTO for third year in a row
On Friday, the City of Chicago released the new 2017 security deposit interest rate. The rate is the for security deposits held for leases governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). The rate has remained steady at 0.01% since 2015. Continue reading
It is that time of year where the Cook County Circuit Court extends some holiday cheer to tenants (certainly not to landlords) and prohibits the Sheriff from enforcing eviction orders. By way of a general order, the court has ordered that the Sheriff not evict any tenants beginning on December 19, 2016 and extending to January 2, 2017.
The good news is that, based on my own personal experience (your experience may vary), the Sheriff does not have a major backlog at this time. As such, the moratorium is just two weeks and it can be expected that the additional delay will not be as bad as in past years assuming that our mild weather keeps up.
Remember, the courts still work during the holidays, so the “legal” side of an eviction lawsuit will continue. It is just the enforcement of the eviction order that is halted.