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  on Jul 13, 2012

Understanding the Landlord Tenant Laws in Illinois

People are aware that there are different rulings in each state with reference to the landlord/tenant laws. The state of Illinois also has a set of laws. These rules and regulations are basically similar to what is present in the rest of the states with some minor changes. However, it is important that you not only read what are the rules and regulations with respect to Illinois but also understand them. You may be thinking well once you have read something you must automatically understand it. That is not the case. Simply reading some rules and regulations does not in any shape or form mean that you have gone through them thoroughly.

That is what is needed from when you become a landlord or a tenant. You are required to thoroughly go through not only the lease agreement, but also the rules and regulations with respect to your corresponding position—whether you are a landlord or a tenant.

If you are a landlord then the following rules apply to you: firstly you should provide a rentable space to live in. It must be able to accommodate the tenants comfortably, and should not cause them any danger or harm. You are required as per the state, to make all the necessary repairs. The space to live in should meet all the health and house codes, and be habitable. It is also permissible to make necessary changes in rules and regulations so long as they are reasonable and do not discriminate the tenant.

If you are the tenant, then the following rules apply to you: you should firstly demand a written lease so that there are no future misunderstandings and issues can be resolves using the signed lease agreement. Paying your rent on time is an actual rule now - if you do not pay on time the landlord has the right to charge you a “late fee”. The rental space should not be endangered or harmed intentionally and should be kept clean. The landlord can only pay for damages that have occurred due to a naturally occurring cause. If you wish to leave before the contract ends, a 30-day notice is required from you.

Understanding these rules is important because they will help both the landlord and the tenant stay in check, and maintain the repertoire that is legally required of them. If any of these rules are violated on behalf of the landlord or the tenant then, the courts and legal officials can intervene. If you think you can resolve the issue without the interference of the courts, then both parties should sit down and talk in a calm cool condition, which is best for all.


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