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This short video helps prepare both landlords and tenants for eviction court. The video focuses on home evictions and introduces viewers to common eviction courtroom procedures. The video is presented daily in Cook County Courthouse Courtroom 1402 at 9a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

This short animation provides a brief summary of rights for Chicago tenants under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO). Section 5-12-010 says the Ordinance applies to all residential rental agreements in the city. But Section 5-12-020 excludes some rentals (in favor of those landlords). Most notorious is the exclusion of rentals in buildings with 6 or fewer units that are also owner occupied.

This short animation provides a brief summary of rights for Chicago tenants under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) Section 5-12-050 and Section 5-12-060 which describe the rights of renters to advance notice before a landlord enters their unit, to show to new renters, or for other reasons.

This short animation provides a brief summary of rights for Chicago tenants under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) on how to get the security deposit back from the landlord and what the tenant's rights are during the rental.

This short animation provides a brief summary of rights for Chicago tenants under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) Section 5-12-150 which prohibits landlords from retaliating against a tenant who has exercised their rights under law.

This short animation provides a brief summary of rights for Chicago tenants who rent at apartments or condos or a house that is covered by the Chicago Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) when a tenant wants to withhold rent to pay for an exterminator, or to fix a leak, or if the tenant needs to break their lease because of a more serious problem like fire, flooding, or other casualty that renders the premises unfit for living.

A guide for people who want to get their security deposit back from their landlord. In Illinois, security deposit laws are based on where you live and in what type of building.

This is the Housing Discrimination web page at the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website. Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online.

This is the Fair Housing Division's web page at the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) website. IDHR takes and investigates charges of discrimination involving real estate transactions (rentals, sales, and other transactions) involving residential and real property.

This is the web page for the Cook County Commission on Human Rights (CCCHR). The Commission investigate, conciliates and conducts hearings on complaints of discrimination. In addition, the Commission develops and conducts educational programs designed to prevent discrimination before it occurs and to promote better relations among the Countys diverse racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and social groups.

This is the web page for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR). It includes links to resources and a section on filing discrimination complaints.

Resource Guide: Housing Choice Vouchers

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 13

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, a rental assistance program funded by the federal government. To qualify for a voucher, renters must meet strict income standards.

Resource Guide: Security Deposits

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 12

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of security deposits. When you rent an apartment, the landlord almost always ask for a security deposit. This is a sum of money that the landlord holds to cover any damage that may occur while you are living in the apartment. Although the landlord holds it, a security deposit remains the property of the tenant. The security deposit may be used only for damages that make the apartment un-rentable. The Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) includes several regulations concerning security deposits.

Resource Guide: Moving Out

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 11

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of issues related to moving out. Moving out can be a complicated process and knowing your rights is extremely important. This knowledge can help solve problems that arise and keep you protected even after you have moved out.

Resource Guide: Landlord Retalition

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 10

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of landlord retaliation. The law prohibits landlords from retaliating when you, as a tenant, assert your rights in good faith.

Resource Guide: Lockouts

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 9

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of illegal lockouts.

This booklet briefly describes the eviction process for Chicago renters who are in eviction court at the Daley Center – 50 W. Washington St. A longer version of this content appears on our main page about Eviction.

This booklet is also a comprehensive update and replacement of our Chicago Renters' Resource Guide - Chapter 8: The Eviction Process.

Resource Guide: Writing Letters

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 7

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of writing letters to your landlord. When writing to your landlord, be specific in describing the problems you are having. Do not exaggerate or under-emphasize the extent of the problem. The landlord may show this letter to a judge if your problem is ever litigated. You want to make sure it conveys the truth of the situation accurately to give yourself the best possible chance of winning the case.

Resource Guide: Essential Services

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 6

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of essential services (utilities) and some things you can do yourself to alleviate any problems.

Resource Guide: Self Help Remedies

Chicago Renters' Resource Guide, Chapter 5

This chapter of the Chicago Renters' Resource Guide provides an overview of self-help remedies explicit in the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) that tenants should use when they discover defective conditions in their apartments.