Official Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO): An Overview

The City of Chicago has enacted an ordinance (or law) which governs the rights and remedies of both tenants and landlords. We are landlord tenant lawyers and it’s our job to understand these laws and to best represent our Clients.  For this reason, before choosing “representation” from a 3rd Party, make sure you hire a “lawyer” to deal with anything related to the Chicago RLTO because it’s the law (and reasonable fees and costs shall be awarded under RLTO Section 5-12-180 anyway).  Get the best legal advice possible.

If you are a Chicago renter or landlord, there is an ordinance that you should be aware of that outlines tenants rights and provides protections for renters and landlords alike. It is the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (or CRLTO), and we provide an overview of the first four pages below (in PDF form or convenient text).

The Chicago Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance came into being as a way of protecting Chicago renters in 1986. The opening section, 5-12-010, outlines the RLTO’s purpose. This is part of the Chicago Municipal Code, and its regulations apply to everyone in the municipal City of Chicago.

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View the Official Chicago Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance in full below.

In these pages, find out if the CRLTO applies to you. Learn the legal definitions of terms relevant to renter and landlord alike – “dwelling unit,” “premises,” “rental agreement,” and “landlord.” These definitions are essential tools for determining your rights and remedies under the Chicago RLTO.