Renters' Rights

For more information, call the Chicago Renters' Rights Hotline at 312.742.RENT (312.742.7368)

The City of Chicago, in partnership with tenant and landlord organizations, has formed the Renters' Rights campaign to educate Chicagoans about the legal responsibilities and rights of renters and property owners.

With more than 60 percent of Chicagoans living in rental housing, Renters' Rights provides landlords and tenants with assistance in meeting their legal obligations and exercising their rights. Rents Right provides mediation for landlords and tenants to resolve disputes in an informal and non-adversarial manner.

The Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance governs the majority of residential rental agreements in the City. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is key to a good rental relationship. Be sure you know what's expected of you and what you can expect in return. Whether you're a tenant or landlord, there are laws that spell out your rights and responsibilities.

Renters' Rights provides:

  • Education on rental rights and responsibilities
  • Resources for conflict and problem resolution
  • Referrals to needed programs, services and training
  • A commitment to work together for a greater Chicago

View the complete Residential Landlord and Tenant (RLT) Ordinance.

View the current RLT Ordinance Summary.

Note: On March 17, 2016, the City updated the RLT Ordinance Summary (required by MCC Section 5-12-170) to add a reference to Section 5-12-101 (Bed Bugs-Education). The City does not regard RLT Ordinance Summaries attached or otherwise provided by landlords prior to June 1, 2016 that do not include this new reference, as violating Section 5-12-170 solely as a result of that omission.

Also see information on security deposit interest rates.


Foreclosure Assistance and Information for Renters (F.A.I.R)

The F.A.I.R. initiative is an information campaign, designed to inform renters of their rights and responsibilities and the laws that protect them in foreclosure situations.

The City of Chicago works with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and its housing agency partners and other groups to direct renters to financial and legal resources and warn them about how to avoid fraud.

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