Category Archives: Building Code

Tougher smoke and carbon monoxide detector penalties for Chicago Landlords

Proposed amendment closes detector compliance loophole Chicago landlords who fail to comply with the City of Chicago smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector ordinances will face much stiffer penalties.  A proposed amendment to the municipal code for Chicago which passed … Continue reading

Posted in Building Code, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Sanity from the City of Chicago on Bedbugs

Well, thankfully sanity has prevailed for now on the issue of bedbugs.  The Chicago Tribune is reporting that alderman on the City’s housing committee have declined, for now, to pass an ordinance that would declare bedbugs a nuisance and fine … Continue reading

Posted in Building Code | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Illinois appellate court clarifies penalty for failure to disclose code violations under section 5-12-100

A new Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance opinion was just recently issued by the first district Illinois Appellate Court.  In the case Ranjha v. BJBP Properties, Inc., a tenant sued a landlord in a class action related to the landlord’s … Continue reading

Posted in Building Code, CRLTO | Leave a comment

City of Chicago to release some high rise building safety information

The City of Chicago has announced that it will share the Life Safety Evaluation (LSE) status for hundreds of high-rise residential buildings will be made available online.  Passed in 2004, the City’s Life Safety ordinance sets fire safety standards for … Continue reading

Posted in Building Code | Leave a comment

Update: Heat and water to be restored to Lincoln Park hi-rise tenants

Well, that was fast! According to NBC News, the City of Chicago and the landlord who suggested that tenants use space heaters and ovens to heat their units for three weeks while apartment building repairs left residents without heat and … Continue reading

Posted in Building Code | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Get the heat on!

It is fitting that today is a cold day in Chicago.  Many Chicago lessors are caught unaware of their obligation to supply a minimum level of heat to their rental units.  Today, September 15, is the first day of 2011 … Continue reading

Posted in Building Code | Tagged | 4 Comments