Illinois Tenant Rights Laws
Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors | Last reviewed September 08, 2017
From Chicago to Carbondale, renters in Illinois are familiar with the wide array of issues that can arise during a given tenancy. Thankfully, there are many federal, state, and local laws designed to govern the landlord-tenant relationship, in addition to the terms of your rental contract. Read on to learn more about Illinois tenant rights laws and how they can help you.
Discrimination, Security Deposits, Repairs, and More
While the terms of your lease will define some of your rights and responsibilities, Illinois state law provides protections beyond those terms. For example, landlords may not refuse to rent to you based on your race or disability. They must also abide by the implied warranty of habitability, which means they have to provide a unit that is fit for living in, free from hazardous conditions, and in compliance with local building and health codes.
There are also several laws governing the ways in which a tenancy can be terminated. For one thing, appropriate notice must be given, depending on whether you have a lease or a periodic tenancy, such as a month-to-month agreement. In many cases, your landlord is also required to return your security deposit within 45 days after you move out, or give you an itemized list of lawful deductions within 30 days. Lastly, all landlords must follow strict rules for attempting to evict a tenant, including notice requirements and obtaining a court order.
Illinois Tenant Rights Laws at a Glance
The following chart provides a summary of Illinois state laws regarding the landlord-tenant relationship, including links to key statutes.
Ending or Renewing a Tenancy
Note: State regulations are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Illinois Tenant Rights Laws: Related Resources
- Illinois Lease and Rental Agreement Laws
- Illinois Guide to Landlord-Tenant Law
- Tenant Lease Agreement FAQs
- Tenants’ Rights Basics
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Illinois
- Illinois Fair Housing Division
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