Tenants in Foreclosure Brochure for Chicago Renters

This brochure provides an overview of renters' rights and responsibilities for Chicago renters living in foreclosed buildings.

Illinois renters (not living in Chicago) should view our statewide version of the brochure.

Foreclosure doesn't mean, "Get Out Now!" Renters have rights.

If you are renting an apartment, house, or condo that is in foreclosure...

You have the right to:

  • Live in a safe apartment with utilities.
  • Be notified in writing if your landlord or building’s management changes.
  • Receive written notice if you are asked to move.
  • Get your eviction court record sealed from the public view.
  • Recover your security deposit.

You may also have the right to:

  • Be offered a lease extension/renewal OR be given relocation assistance.
  • Be offered a replacement unit if you are living in an “unlawful conversion” or an “unlawfully hazardous unit” with substantial disrepair.

You also have responsibilities:

  • Continue to pay your rent.
  • Respond to the new owner’s offer to renew or extend your rental agreement or choice to provide the relocation assistance if you are a “qualified tenant.”