Landlord's Legal Guide in Illinois


Learn how to manage your tenants, deal with problems, and handle evictions on your own. The Landlord's Legal Guide in Illinois offers clear and easy explanations of Illinois rental property laws. Complete with all the forms you need, as well as a list of resources for Illinois landlords and copies of ...
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Learn how to manage your tenants, deal with problems, and handle evictions on your own. The Landlord's Legal Guide in Illinois offers clear and easy explanations of Illinois rental property laws. Complete with all the forms you need, as well as a list of resources for Illinois landlords and copies of applicable law, this guide allows you to manage the landlord-tenant relationship from application to eviction and beyond.

This book offers detailed information on:
--Rental applications
--Residential and commercial property
--Security deposits
--Maintenance and property damage
--Rent regulation laws
--Leases and lease modifications

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572486607
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Brodman Summers received her JD from DePaul University. She is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, and DuPage Bar Associations. Mark Warda received his JD from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He has written or co-authored over sixty self-help law books.
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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books
Chapter 1: Laws That Govern Rental Property

Illinois Landlord/Tenant Law

Illinois State Laws

Illinois Discrimination Laws

Local Laws

Local Laws on Discrimination

Local Discrimination Laws-an Example

Federal Laws

Federal Discrimination Laws

Nursing Homes and Related Facilities

Hotels and Motels
Chapter 2: Assistance for Landlords




Working with Attorneys

When You Need an Attorney


Free Legal Help

Choosing an Attorney

Keeping Legal Costs Down

What to Bring to Your First Meeting with an Attorney

Problems with Your Attorney
Chapter 3: Creating the Landlord/Tenant Relationship

Screening Prospective Tenants

Avoiding Discrimination Lawsuits

Agreements to Lease

Leases and Rental Agreements

Lease Clauses

Oral Leases

Problem Clauses




Backing Out of a Lease
Chapter 4: Pets

Laws about Companion Animals

Pet Owners as Tenants

Interview for Tenant Pet Owners

Writing Pet Rules

Landlord Liability for Tenant’s Dog

Enforcing “No Pets” Clauses

Recent Problems with Tenant’s Dog
Chapter 5: Residential Security Deposits



Bank Account

Receipt for Security Deposit


Returning the Security Deposit or Deducting for Damages

Applying the Security Deposit against Rent

Security Deposits and Sale of the RentalProperty

Home Rules
Chapter 6: Responsibility for Maintenance

Tenant Remedies

Warranty of Habitability

Common Areas

Code Violations

Landlord’s Liability for Utility Payments

Liability for Removing Snow

Tenant’s Responsibilities
Chapter 7: Landlord’s Liabilities

Injuries on the Premises

Protection from Liability for Injuries

Exculpatory Clauses

Liability for Crimes on the Premises

Drug Dealing by Tenants

Liability for Lead Paint Poisoning
Chapter 8: Changing the Terms of the Tenancy

Assignment or Sublease by Tenant

Sale of Property by Landlord

Raising the Rent

Modifying the Lease
Chapter 9: Problems During the Tenancy

Landlord’s Access to the Premises

Violations by the Tenant

Violations by the Landlord

Destruction of the Premises
Chapter 10: Problems at the End of the Tenancy

Tenant Holding Over

Damage to the Premises

Personal Property Abandoned by Tenant
Chapter 11: Terminating a Tenancy

Tenancies with No Specific Term

Expiration of Rental Term

Early Termination by Tenant

Early Termination by Landlord

Service of Notice

Mitigation of Damages

Death of a Tenant

Options to Cancel
Chapter 12: Evicting a Tenant

Self-Help by Landlord

Surrender or Abandonment

Settling with the Tenant

Grounds for Eviction

Terminating the Tenancy

Using an Attorney

Who Can Sue

Court Procedures

Tenant’s Possible Defenses

Abandonment after Dismissal

Tenant’s Bankruptcy


Satisfaction of Judgment

Chapter 13: Money Damages and Back Rent

Making a Claim



Enforcing a Judgment

Chapter 14: Self-Service Storage Space

Illinois Law


Chapter 15: Mobile Home Parks


Mobile Home Leases

Department of Public Health Pamphlet

Security Deposits

Tenant’s Duties


Master Antenna Television Services

Other Restrictions on Mobile Home Park Owners

Tenant’s Remedies

Park Owner’s Remedies

Chapter 16: Commercial Rentals


Before You Sign a Commercial Lease

Tenant Balance

Use Exclusives

Special Licenses

The Commercial Lease


Build Outs

Other Items

Chapter 17: Section 8 and Low-Cost Housing

Responsibilities and Obligations




Housing other than Section 8


Special Rules for Public Housing Terminations

Evictions due to Illegal Activity
Chapter 18: Tenant’s Rights

Being a Prospective Tenant


Rental Agreement


Tenant’s Responsibilities





Tenant’s Help
Appendix A: Judicial Circuit Courts
Appendix B: Eviction Flowcharts
Appendix C: Statutes and Ordinances
Appendix D: Forms

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