Beware of Unlawful Lease Provisions in Chicago

In some cases, when you sign a Chicago lease, there are provisions that seem unusual. A landlord will structure the lease around tenants waiving certain rights or foregoing certain services as MANDATED by the Chicago RLTO. When you are impatient to move in and the rest of the lease looks good, you may be willing to sign regardless of ambiguities in the lease. And you may find this bites you in the butt later! The good news is that under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, you have rights that CANNOT be waived, regardless of whether you have signed the lease or orally agreed to it. Your rights are protected and the lease provisions are unenforceable - it may entitle you to two months rent as a remedy. Contact Aaron Krolik today to diagnose your lease and determine if it is in fact unlawful. Read the CRLTO, Chapter 5-12-140 Rental Agreement section below to review the unlawful provisions in rental agreements in Chicago. If you think any of these apply to you, contact Aaron Krolik today.