Landlord-Tenant (Evictions)


Landlord-Tenant (Evictions)

You, the Residential Landlord in Illinois

In Illinois, landlord–tenant rights and responsibilities are governed by state, local, and county law.

Here are some key rights and obligations for both landlords and tenants:

Landlord Responsibilities

·         Implied Warranty of Habitability – Landlords must maintain the premises in a habitable condition, meaning it must be safe, sanitary, and fit for living. Utilities must be working regardless of which party pays for the utilities per the Lease contract. Landlords must also address pest infestations.

·         Repairs – Generally, Landlords are responsible for making necessary repairs to maintain the habitability of the property. Generally, Tenants must notify landlords of needed repairs in writing and in a timely manner.

·         Compliance with Building Codes – Landlords must comply with local building and health codes.

·         Security Deposits – Landlords must take extra care with security deposits. State law as well as some local and county laws govern the use and return of security deposits.

Tenant's Rights

·         Right to Habitability – Tenants have the right to a habitable living space. If the landlord fails to maintain habitability, the tenant may have the right to terminate the lease or pursue other remedies.

·         Privacy – Landlords must respect the Tenant's quiet use and enjoyment of the Premises and may only enter in accordance with the notice requirements provided by state, local, and county law, or in the case of emergencies.

·         Security Deposit – Tenants have the right to the return of their security deposit within a specified period after moving out, minus any allowable deductions depending on the state, local, or county law in effect where the property is located.

Lease Agreements

·         Lease agreements in Illinois should include terms regarding rent, the duration of the lease, the responsibilities of both parties, and any specific rules or regulations for the property. Both landlords and tenants should thoroughly review and understand the lease before signing. 

Eviction Process

·         If a tenant violates the lease agreement, such as non-payment of rent or other breaches, the landlord must follow legal procedures for eviction. This typically involves providing written notice and going through a court process to regain possession of the property.

 Discrimination Laws

·         Landlords cannot discriminate against tenants based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, martial status, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, or source of income. 

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 These are general guidelines; specific rights and responsibilities may vary based on local ordinances and the terms of the individual lease agreements. It's advisable for both landlords and tenants to familiarize themselves with Illinois state, local, and county laws and seek legal advice for specific situations or disputes.

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