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Oak Brook landlord-tenant dispute lawyersRenting out residential property out can give you a steady stream of income and increase your ability to build your wealth or a nest egg for your retirement. There are some risks involved, however.

Tenants may default on their rent or cause damage to the property. You could even be subject to a costly lawsuit if you violate the landlord-tenant laws imposed by local, state, or federal municipalities. Thankfully, by being educated and ensuring you have the right protections in place, you can decrease your risk of such issues. Learn more in the following sections.

Federal Landlord-Tenant Laws 

Naperville landlord-tenant dispute lawyersLiving under the roof of another person can require a lot of compromises - but what can you do if compromise fails, or if your landlord refuses to hear your side of thing? Tenants often assume that a lawsuit is the answer, but this method is usually both complex and expensive. Thankfully, there are other tools and resources that tenants can use to resolve issues with their landlords. Learn more about them in the following sections, and discover how a seasoned Naperville real estate lawyer can help you resolve your landlord-tenant dispute.

Negotiating a Settlement with Your Landlord 

Many landlord-tenant issues can be resolved through a negotiation - a process in which parties compromise to reach a suitable resolution. You can do this with or without a mediator (an unbiased third-party that can help you and your landlord reach a suitable agreement). To increase your chances of success in the process, try a few of these helpful hints:


Naperville real estate lawyersData from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) shows that approximately 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner. In some cases, the violence extends beyond cuts and bruises; the victim's life is truly in danger. What does this mean for you as a landlord? The following explains the tenant protections offered to domestic violence victims under Illinois state law, and it provides you with details on where to find assistance if you need further guidance or advice in a specific tenant-landlord situation.

Examining the Tenant's Rights

Tenants who are being abused by a family member have the right to terminate their lease early, should they so choose. However, they can also request to have their abuser evicted and the locks changed. As a landlord, you are required to comply with these protections. You should also be aware that domestic violence is considered a viable defense to an eviction, which may already be underway by the time you learn of the abuse. Sadly, this can leave you feeling a little caught off-guard, and it may even cause you to overlook your own rights as a landlord.


Naperville tenant rights lawyersAlthough most landlords work hard to keep their properties safe and habitable, some do not. The Residential Tenants’ Right to Repair Act outlines the recourse that tenants have in such situations. It also provides detailed information on the limitations of the Act, which must be followed to ensure the protection of your tenant rights. If you are experiencing poor living conditions or are struggling to have essential repairs made, the following can help you understand how this Act may apply to your situation.

Deducting Repairs from Rent Due

Under the Tenants’ Right to Repair Act, tenants have the right to use a portion of their rent to pay for necessary and reasonable repairs to their dwelling. This right is not without limitations, however. The tenant cannot simply make the repair. Instead, they must notify the landlord, in writing, by registered or certified mail. If a response is not received and the repair has not been made within 14 days of the receipt of the notice, the tenant may then pay a tradesperson to complete the repair. It should be noted that the amount cannot exceed $500 or one-half of the tenant's monthly rent (whichever is lesser). Further, the damage cannot have been caused by the deliberate or negligent acts of the tenant or their animals or visitors.


Landlords Need to Heed Illinois Lead Laws

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Naperville real estate lawyersLead can have a devastating impact on the mental and physical development of children. Sadly, the state of Illinois has one of the highest rates of lead poisoning in the nation. In fact, Cook County alone had more than 4,500 children who tested positive for lead poisoning last year. Some of these cases may have been the result of a lack of disclosure. This is allegedly the situation for one landlord who is now facing litigation.

Illinois Landlord Faces Litigation

In May of 2015, news reporters covered a story about two young children who had suffered from lead poisoning. Investigations from the Illinois Attorney General revealed that the lead had allegedly come from their apartment home. Their landlord had reportedly failed to take appropriate action, as required by the Cook County Public Health Department. Because of that, the Attorney General is filing suit against the landlord. This could ultimately result in a temporary closure of the property and hefty fines for any failure to comply with the stipulations for reopening the property.

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