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Effective June 1, 2021 – New Cook County Residential Tenant And Landlord Ordinance. New rights and obligations for tenants and landlords in Cook County, Illinois.
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No matter what you sign and agree to in writing, the RLTO trumps your rental agreement

The Chicago RLTO is your umbrella and RLTO Section 5-12-170 will ultimately serve as your means to break your lease in Chicago.  Moreover, the Chicago law protects you from anything you’ve agreed to in writing. Most Chicago tenants feel that because they’ve signed something, it is enforceable against them. This is not the case!  Calling a lawyer for Chicago RLTO lease termination is something that every tenant needs to do.

According to RLTO Section 5-12-140(a): “Except as otherwise specifically provided by this chapter, no rental agreement may provide that the landlord or tenant: (a) Agrees to waive or forego rights, remedies or obligations provided under this chapter;

A provision prohibited by this section included in a rental agreement is unenforceable. The tenant may recover actual damages sustained by the tenant because of the enforcement of a prohibited provision. If the landlord attempts to enforce a provision in a rental agreement prohibited by this section the tenant may recover two months’ rent.”

Based on this section, security deposits in Chicago are 100% protected to receive interest annually.  Please feel free to contact Aaron Krolik Law Office, LLC  in Chicago to learn more.

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