Renters Rights under the Municipal Code of Chicago

 

 The Municipal Code of Chicago gives residential renters

 powerful rights.  Here are selections from the Code that govern

 condo, apartment, and house rentals in the City of Chicago. 

 

 

 

 

TITLE 5: Housing & Economic Development

 

     CHAPTER 5-8 - CHICAGO FAIR HOUSING REGULATIONS

     CHAPTER 5-12 - RESIDENTIAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
    
CHAPTER 5-16 - DISCLOSURE OF HEATING COSTS TO TENANTS

     CHAPTER 5-20 - WINTER GAS SERVICE TERMINATION

 

TITLE 13: Buildings & Construction

 

     CHAPTER 13-4 - DEFINITIONS
     CHAPTER 13-10 - REGISTRATION OF MULTIPLE DWELLINGS

     CHAPTER 13-56 - CLASSIFICATION OF BUILDINGS BY OCCUPANCY

     CHAPTER 13-164 - SECURITY DEVICES IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

     CHAPTER 13-196 - EXISTING BUILDINGS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

 

Chicago City Hall

 

 

CHICAGO RENTAL LAW

     The Chicago Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) provides the most powerful remedies for renters in Chicago, but other selected chapters from the Chicago Municipal Code are also important.  Even Chicago renters should be aware that Illinois state law and United States federal law provide remedies that supplement many of the Chicago rules - even if the renter is not protected by the RLTO.

     Click on any of the Code sections to the left for the provisions in each Chapter.  This website does not purport to give an exhaustive list of all rules and regulations applicable to Chicago rental housing.

 

RENTERS' RESOURCES

Chicago City Council

Tell your alderperson you vote for the RLTO

Chicago Building-Related Court Search

Search for code enforcement action taken against a building

Chicago Zoning Map

Find your building's legal address and PIN

Chicago Apartment Lawyer

Mark Silverman Law Office Ltd.

Cook County Recorder of Deeds

Find out who (or what) holds title to the building

Cook County Court Case Search

Search your building address or landlord for circuit court cases

 

This website is not legal advice, and makes no guarantee of providing an accurate or up-to-date version

of  the Code sections set forth herein.   The City Council can amend the code at any time without notice.