Official Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO) Summary

Pursuant to RLTO Section 5-12-170, when a tenant is initially offered a rental agreement or renewal lease (written or oral), the Landlord or Agent must provide tenants or prospective tenants with a RLTO Summary. The official RLTO Summary is “prepared” and made “available for public inspection and copying” by the City of Chicago’s “Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Economic Development.”  The current RLTO Summary directly from the City of Chicago, a total of four (4) pages, is below.

Pursuant to Chicago RLTO Section 5-12-170, tenants that fail to receive the official, current, RLTO Summary (see above) may legally terminate their rental agreement or renewal and recover $100.00 plus their attorneys fees and costs. Often times, Chicago Landlords use their own lease forms for the RLTO Summary which contain outdated or incorrect information – Beware!

The above RLTO Summary makes tenants’ and landlords’ rights and remedies known under the Chicago RLTO and undoubtedly helps tenants and landlords make informed choices about renting in Chicago.  If you are a tenant, Contact Aaron Krolik to legally terminate your rental agreement and recover your security deposit (if applicable).  Aaron Krolik Law Office, P.C. also represents and advises Chicago landlords.