Category Archives: Lease

Landlord tries to enforce early termination clause

CBS Chicago Channel 2 presented a story yesterday about a management company that is attempting to mass-terminate the leases of tenants in a building it allegedly intends to renovate. At issue is a provision of the lease seemingly allowing the … Continue reading

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Should Chicago landlords want a guarantor?

To co-sign or not to co-sign? The intrepid Kay Cleaves over at contacted me a few weeks ago with a blog idea on the topic of accepting lease guarantors and co-signers.  With students who have little or no credit … Continue reading

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Avoid employee leases in exchange of labor

Why it’s unwise to house an employee in return for services There’s a story making the rounds on the news about a nanny in Upland, California who, despite the fact that she failed to perform agreed upon nanny services, has … Continue reading

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The “cost” of having an attorney draft a Chicago lease

The attorney’s fee to have a lease professionally drafted by a landlord tenant lawyer in Chicago from form with riders and disclosures

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Welcome to the new renting season

The Chicago, Illinois rental season usually begins in September and smart landlords will refine their procedures

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Illinois landlord tips for move in and move out

Smart Illinois landlords will work with their tenants during move-in and move-out from a rental property

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Smoke ’em if you got ’em? Smoking policies for landlords

discussion of Illinois law issues related to smoking policies in leases in Chicago and Chicagoland

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Notice of Intent Not to Renew under the CRLTO – when a 30 day notice becomes a 60 day notice

Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance governs lease renewals at end of lease term 5-12-130 rental agreement termination notice. When 30 day becomes 60 day.

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Compliance with the Chicago Heating Cost Disclosure

Energy Heating Cost Disclosure Chapter 5-16 of Chicago Municipal Code regarding landlord disclosure of costs for comed and people’s gas for heat

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Chicago’s first blizzard and landlord tenant snow removal

The Chicago municipal code requires Chicagoans to remove snow and ice. How does this affect landlords and tenants?

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