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Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance

The Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) is the preeminent source of tenants’ rights law for those that live in the City of Chicago. To download a full copy of the Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance, click here. For a more user-friendly version of Chicago tenant rights, keep reading. We are only taking security deposit… Read more →

My Landlord is Stealing my Mail

From time to time we receive calls from tenants in Chicago reporting that their landlord is stealing their mail. Mail theft is serious crime and below we attempt to provide information to help tenants recover their mail and stop future theft. We are only taking security deposit cases right now, but we have… Read more →

Chicago Tenant Rights When an Apartment Floods

As a firm that practices Chicago tenants’ rights law, a common question we receive from tenants is, “What can I do if my apartment flooded?” While the answer is not straightforward, this article will discuss different options that are available for tenants in this situation. We are only taking security deposit cases right… Read more →

Chicago Security Deposit Law

Chicago security deposit law is among the most protective of tenants’ rights in the nation. If your landlord: Stole your security deposit; Made excessive deductions; Failed to pay interest; or Is taking an unreasonable time to give it back. We can pursue the landlord for: Return of the deposit; Double damages; and Attorney… Read more →

Illinois Small Estate Affidavit

It is no secret that probate can be a lengthy and expensive process. It is for this reason that people often seek to avoid probate if possible. Illinois has recognized that, due to inadequate estate planning, many small estates were needlessly being forced to go through costly probate proceedings. To attempt to remedy… Read more →

Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act Protects Bona Fide Tenant If Not A Party To the Foreclosure

In Fifth Third Mortgage v. Foster, 2013 IL App (1st) 121361, the plaintiff lender filed a foreclosure suit after obtaining ownership rights to the property, served a 90-day notice under the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA) on the defendant (a tenant on the property) to either vacate the property… Read more →

Can a Landlord Enter a Chicago Apartment Without Permission

One of the most common problems we see in Chicago landlord-tenant relationships is the landlord expecting or demanding to access the leased apartment whenever he likes. Landlords are known to show up at the tenant’s door at all hours of the day, demanding entry or simply letting themselves in. Obviously nobody, whether they… Read more →

Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance

We are only taking security deposit cases right now, but we have a large referral network. Click here to request a referral. “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” If you live in the City of Chicago this may be a reality since the city was recently named the nation’s… Read more →

Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog Bites Almost everyone in Chicago and throughout Illinois has had a dog or had a neighbor with a dog. Though our memories are full of fond recollections of the happy, loyal and friendly pets we, there are some dogs that become aggressive and bite. A Chicago dog bite lawyer helps you recover… Read more →

Is an Illinois dog owner responsible for a dog bite when the vet lets it escape?

In the case of Hayes v. Adams the Illinois Second District Court of Appeals was asked to determine whether a dog owner is legally responsible for her dog biting a third party when she left the dog at the veterinarian’s office and it escaped. The Court held that the owner could not be… Read more →

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