Law Listing

Access some of the key laws and legislation that define the rights and responsibilities of renters. Laws are organized by authority: US Federal, Illinois State, Cook County and City of Chicago and grouped by subject: Landlord/Tenant, Foreclosure, Discrimination and Domestic Violence. While the following list is not all-inclusive, and does not take the place of legal advice, knowledge is power! The more you know about your rights and responsibilities, the sooner you can recognize a potential problem and take appropriate action.

Law Listing

Authoritysort descending Title Link Topics
US Federal Violence Against Women Act
42 U.S.C. §§ 13925—14045 (2014).
  • Domestic Violence
US Federal Fair Housing Act
42 U.S.C. §§ 3601—3619 (2014).
  • Discrimination
Illinois State Retaliatory Eviction Act
765 ILCS 720/1 et seq. (2013).
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Retaliation
Illinois State Security Deposit Return Act
765 ILCS 710/1 et seq. (2013).
  • Landlord/Tenant
Illinois State Security Deposit Interest Act
765 ILCS 715 et seq. (2013).
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Security Deposits
Illinois State Illinois Human Rights Act
775 ILCS 5/1 et seq. (2013).
  • Discrimination
Illinois State Safe Homes Act
765 ILCS 750/1 et seq. (2013).
  • Domestic Violence
Illinois State Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law (IMFL)
735 ILCS 5/15-1101 et seq. (2013).
  • Foreclosure
Illinois State Forcible Entry and Detainer Act (FEDA)
735 ILCS 5/15-1101 et seq. (2013).
  • Eviction
  • Landlord/Tenant
Illinois State Residential Tenants' Right to Repair Act
765 ILCS 742/1 et seq. (2013).
  • Building / Apartment Conditions
  • Landlord/Tenant
Illinois State Rental Property Utility Services Act
765 ILCS 735/1 et seq. (2013).
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Utilities
Cook County Cook County Human Rights Ordinance
Cook County Code of Ordinances § 42-30 et seq. (2002).
  • Discrimination
City of Chicago Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance
Chicago Municipal Code § 5-8-010 et seq.
  • Discrimination
City of Chicago Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Property Ordinance
Chicago Municipal Code § 5-14-010 et seq.
  • Foreclosure
City of Chicago Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance
Chicago Municipal Code § 7-28-810 et seq.
  • Building / Apartment Conditions
City of Chicago Single-Room Occupancy and Residential Hotel Preservation Ordinance
Chicago Municipal Code § 5-15-010 et seq.
  • Affordable Housing
City of Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO)
Chicago Municipal Code § 5-12-010 et seq.
  • Building / Apartment Conditions
  • Eviction
  • Foreclosure
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Retaliation
  • Security Deposits
  • Utilities
City of Chicago Building Code Scofflaws and Problem Landlords
Chicago Municipal Code § 2-92-416
  • Building / Apartment Conditions