For Renters

The Department of Housing does not own or maintain any residences, however, staff does offer a series of services and resources that can help renters find affordable homes and resolve issues with landlords.

For more information, contact 312.744.0281.

Know Your Rights: COVID 19 Eviction Protection Ordinance
Chicago residential tenants who have lost income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic should notify their landlords in writing within five days of receiving an eviction notice in order to further protect themselves from eviction.
Affordable Rental Housing Resource List
Affordable rental housing plays an important role in meeting the housing needs of low-income Chicagoans, and the Department of Housing maintains a list of existing affordable developments.
Area Median Income (AMI) Chart
A list of Area Median Incomes (AMIs) as required by certain federal, state and local laws, which place restrictions on the income of households assisted through various Department of Housing programs.
CARES Act Chicago Property Search
Under the federal CARES Act, renters in buildings with certain federal support cannot be evicted until July 25, 2020. This is a public database of market-rate apartment buildings with five or more units with certain kinds of federal support that are covered by this eviction moratorium.
Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund
The Trust Fund serves Chicago's low-income working households, the disabled, the elderly, and countless homeless individuals and families.
Know Your Rights: Fair Notice Ordinance
The Fair Notice Ordinance creates new rights and responsibilities for tenants and landlords to give Chicago renters more stability in their homes.
Know Your Rights: Residential Tenant Lockout
A “lockout” has occurred any time a landlord does or threatens to take one of several actions with regard to a residential tenant’s home or apartment.
Rents Right
The City of Chicago, in partnership with tenant and landlord organizations, has formed the Rents Right campaign to educate Chicagoans about the legal responsibilities and rights of renters and property owners.
Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS)
The Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) program; formerly known as H-RAIL, provides safety, security and accessibility improvements that help senior citizens to remain in their homes.
Technical Assistance Citywide (TACIT)
These agencies provide training and technical assistance, regarding Fair Housing compliance, property management, rental issues and Co-op/Condo options, to non-profits in low-moderate income areas.

Additional Resources

Credit Restoration Counseling
Spanish Coalition for Housing

Rental Counseling
Northwest Side Housing Center
Chicago Urban League

Rental Search Assistance
Genesis Housing Development Corporation

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