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Sec. 42-801 - Title, Purpose & Scope
  1. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance and shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its purposes and policies.
  2. The purpose of this Article, and the policy of the county, is to protect and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, to establish the rights and obligations of the tenant and the landlord in the rental of dwelling units, and to encourage the tenant and the landlord to maintain and improve the quality of housing.
  3. This Article applies to, regulates, and determines rights, obligations, and remedies under a rental agreement, wherever made, for a dwelling unit located within the county. In addition, the Article applies specifically to rental agreements for dwelling units operated under subsidy programs of agencies of the United States and/or the State of Illinois, including specifically programs operated or subsidized by the Housing Authority of Cook County and/or Illinois Housing Development Authority to the extent that this Article is not in direct conflict with statutory or regulatory provisions governing such programs.
  4. This Ordinance is subject to the home rule as established by the Constitution of the State of Illinois Article VII Section 6. Powers of Home Rule Units. This Ordinance regulates all residential buildings and structures that exist or are erected, constructed, altered, demolished, or relocated within the boundaries of Cook County, excluding those cities, villages, and incorporated towns that maintain promulgated regulations that establish both the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord in the rental of dwelling units. The regulations must contain specific language defining and regulating the relationship between the tenant and landlord, policies protecting and promoting the public health, safety, and welfare of tenants, and remedies under a rental agreement in order to be excluded from 2 this Ordinance.
  5. Notice of Ordinance.
    1. The Department of Human Rights and Ethics will provide a copy of this Ordinance, Chapter 42-Article IV, on its website at least 60 calendar days prior to the effective date of this Ordinance.
    2. The County Clerk shall publish a copy of this Ordinance, Chapter 42-Article IV, in a newspaper of general circulation within 30 days of passage by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
Sec. 42-802 – Exclusions
  1. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance and shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its purposes and policies.
  2. The purpose of this Article, and the policy of the county, is to protect and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, to establish the rights and obligations of the tenant and the landlord in the rental of dwelling units, and to encourage the tenant and the landlord to maintain and improve the quality of housing.
  3. This Article applies to, regulates, and determines rights, obligations, and remedies under a rental agreement, wherever made, for a dwelling unit located within the county. In addition, the Article applies specifically to rental agreements for dwelling units operated under subsidy programs of agencies of the United States and/or the State of Illinois, including specifically programs operated or subsidized by the Housing Authority of Cook County and/or Illinois Housing Development Authority to the extent that this Article is not in direct conflict with statutory or regulatory provisions governing such programs.
  4. This Ordinance is subject to the home rule as established by the Constitution of the State of Illinois Article VII Section 6. Powers of Home Rule Units. This Ordinance regulates all residential buildings and structures that exist or are erected, constructed, altered, demolished, or relocated within the boundaries of Cook County, excluding those cities, villages, and incorporated towns that maintain promulgated regulations that establish both the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord in the rental of dwelling units. The regulations must contain specific language defining and regulating the relationship between the tenant and landlord, policies protecting and promoting the public health, safety, and welfare of tenants, and remedies under a rental agreement in order to be excluded from 2 this Ordinance.
  5. Notice of Ordinance.
    1. The Department of Human Rights and Ethics will provide a copy of this Ordinance, Chapter 42-Article IV, on its website at least 60 calendar days prior to the effective date of this Ordinance.
    2. The County Clerk shall publish a copy of this Ordinance, Chapter 42-Article IV, in a newspaper of general circulation within 30 days of passage by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

law is effective June 1, 2021 for the following cities in Cook County, Illinois:

Alsip
Arlington Heights
Barrington Hills
Barrington
Bartlett
Bedford Park
Bellwood
Berkeley
Berwyn
Blue Island
Bridgeview
Broadview
Brookfield
Buffalo Grove
Burbank
Burnham
Burr Ridge
Calumet City
Calumet Park
Chicago
Chicago Heights
Chicago Ridge
Cicero
Country Club Hills
Countryside
Crestwood
Deer Park
Deerfield
Des Plaines
Dixmoor
Dolton
East Dundee
East Hazel Crest
Elgin
Elk Grove Village
Elmwood Park
Evanston
Evergreen Park
Flossmoor
Ford Heights
Forest Park
Forest View
Franklin Park
Glencoe
Glenview
Glenwood
Golf
Harvey
Harwood Heights
Hazel Crest
Hickory Hills
Hillside
Hinsdale
Hodgkins
Hoffman Estates
Hometown
Homewood
Indian Head Park
Inverness
Justice
Kenilworth
La Grange Park
La Grange
Lansing
Lemont
Lincolnwood
Lynwood
Lyons
Markham
Matteson
Maywood
McCook
Melrose Park
Merrionette Park
Midlothian
Morton Grove
Mount Prospect
Niles
Norridge
North Riverside
Northbrook
Northfield
Northlake
Oak Forest
Oak Lawn
Oak Park
Olympia Fields
Orland Hills
Orland Park
Palatine
Palos Heights
Palos Hills
Palos Park
Park Forest
Park Ridge
Phoenix
Posen
Prospect Heights
Richton Park
River Forest
River Grove
Riverdale
Riverside
Robbins
Rolling Meadows
Roselle
Rosemont
Sauk Village
Schaumburg
Schiller Park
Skokie
South Barrington
South Chicago Heights
South Holland
Steger
Stickney
Stone Park
Streamwood
Summit
Thornton
Tinley Park
University Park
Westchester
Western Springs
Wheeling
Willow Springs
Wilmette
Winnetka
Worth

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