Chicago Tenants Bill of Rights

The RLTO is Chicago's Landlord-Tenant "Constitution"

The "Bill of Rights" is the collective name for the first ten (10) amendments to the United States Constitution.

Chicago's renters have often times referred to the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance as a "Bill of Rights" because the Chicago law:

"applies to, regulates and determines rights, obligations and remedies under every rental agreement for a dwelling unit located within the City of Chicago, regardless of where the agreement is made, subject only to the limitations contained in Section 5-12-020. This chapter applies specifically to rental agreements for dwelling units operated under subsidy programs of agencies of the United States and/or the State of Illinois, including specifically programs operated or subsidized by the Chicago Housing Authority and/or the Illinois Housing Development Authority to the extent that this chapter is not in direct conflict with statutory or regulatory provisions governing such programs." RLTO Section 5-12-010.

The RLTO and Constitution are living, breathing, real documents. Period.  The rights that are given to renters by the Chicago RLTO are unparalleled by any city in the country - and in the world.