The Landlord’s Right to Access in Chicago

Don’t Come Knockin’

The landlord of a Bolingbrook apartment complex is being sued by a tenant because the landlord’s manager allowed the police to enter the apartment to search it.

In Illinois, a lease gives a tenant who is not in default a right to maintain the possession of a rental property free from disturbance by the landlord.  Additionally, Illinois law provides the tenant in any lease with the implied right to a covenant of quiet enjoyment.  The covenant prohibits landlords during the term of the lease from interfering with the tenant’s right to possession, privacy, and the use and quiet enjoyment of the rental property. Continue reading

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Billing for most Cook County evictions

attorneys fees in Cook County Illinois evictionsInformation on How We Charge for Evictions

As seasoned landlords know much too well, all Illinois evictions have two things in common.  They are expensive and they take time.  We do our best to keep our fees down and to move the process along as reasonably fast as the system will allow, but the realities of the inefficient system and the uncertainties of the other parties (ie. process servers, tenants, and judges) lead to landlords expending valuable time and money in an eviction. Continue reading

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Update: Rent Control Talk Continues

Illinois rent controlBack in March, I discussed the proposal by Chicago-based state legislator Will Guzzardi (39th District – D) to repeal the law prohibiting rent control in Illinois.  That bill is currently in the rules committee and only recently, on August 29, 2017, added legislator Theresa Mah (2nd District – D) as another co-sponsor.  Both Chicago Magazine and the Reader have reported on recent events promoting the law as a way to reduce gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood.  In the wake of all of the proposed ordinances and statutes, landlords are on the defensive and it seems that no actual reform of a slow and burdensome eviction system is underway.  Get organized landlords.

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Alderman Propose Chicago Landlords Protect Immigrants

Chicago landlord sanctuary city ordinanceCity makes landlords bear the brunt of “Sanctuary City” status

It was reported in the Chicago Sun Times last week that Chicago would impose obligations on landlords to help illegal immigrants affected by the Trump executive order repealing DACA. Last Wednesday, Aldermen Mell and Ramirez-Rosa proposed an ordinance that “declares Chicago apartment buildings as sanctuary buildings off-limits to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents”.

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Major amendments (not really) to the Forcible Entry and Detainer Act

Amendments to Illinois Forcible Entry and Detainer eviction actGet ready for a change in terms.

Bye bye Forcible Entry and Detainer Act and hello Eviction Act.  Public Act 100-0173 was passed into law and signed by the Governor on August 18, 2017 and will be effective on January 1, 2018.  Is this law a sweeping change?  Did we finally get some eviction law reform?  Not at all. Continue reading

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Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance passing muster

Post-Foreclosure Landlords Beware

The relatively new Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO) was the subject of an appellate case, Wells Fargo Bank v. Volneat Vanette McCondichie, released on March 31, 2017.  Readers will recall that the ordinance requires the first party that takes over a post-foreclosure property, under most circumstances, to either allow the tenants to continue with their lease or to pay a relocation fee of $10,600 to the tenants who vacate. Continue reading

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Chicago Title Seminar this Morning 4-3-17

I had a great time this morning, as always, presenting to fellow attorneys for Chicago Title Insurance Company at their training in Rolling Meadows with respect to updates in landlord tenant law.

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Look out landlords, rent control may be coming

rent controlRent control bill introduced

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

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State of Illinois finally announces their 2017 security deposit interest rate

2017 security deposit interest rate Illinois2017 Illinois rate announced by IDFPR

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.

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Should I evict? Naah, the lease is almost over!

Illinois landlords bury headWhy most Illinois landlords are wrong about their bad tenants!

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

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