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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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The Chicago RLTO is a “fee-shifting” Ordinance

The RLTO gives both tenants and landlords the right to reasonable attorney fees and costs if you are the “prevailing party.” 

RLTO Section 5-12-180; Attorneys Fees – “Except in cases of forcible entry and detainer actions, the prevailing plaintiff in any action arising out of a landlord’s or tenant’s application of the rights or remedies made available in this ordinance shall be entitled to all court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be deemed or interpreted as precluding the awarding of attorney’s fees in forcible entry and detainer actions in accordance with applicable law or as expressly provided in this ordinance.”

Be very weary of tenants rights organizations or tenants rights groups, who are not actual lawyers, and may not steer you in the right direction.

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