While the landlord is the ultimate owner of the property, the law provides specific rights for Tenants. It's also important for you to know what you are obligated to do as a renter. Learn more about both below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the landlord have to give advanced notice to enter my apartment?
Why can a landlord enter an apartment?
- To make necessary repairs
- To supply necessary services (routine maintenance)
- To show the unit to prospective purchasers, workers, etc.
- To show the apartment to prospective renters.
When can a landlord enter a unit without advanced notice?
- If there is a problem in the common area of the building or in another unit and the landlord needs to enter the unit to fix it.
- If there is an emergency (example: a broken pipe)
Can a tenant refuse to let a landlord into the unit?
What should I do about repairs?
- A tenant should contact a landlord first for minor repairs in the apartment.
- If that does not produce results, a tenant can send a certified letter to a landlord stating that if the landlord chooses not to remedy the problem in the residence within 14 days (and the reasonable cost of compliance is less than $200), the tenant can decrease the next month’s rent payment by the repair amount, or half the rental charge (whichever is greater) as long as the repair is completed by a licensed professional (other than the tenant, and with receipts).
- Found under Evanston City Code 5-3-7-3
- For Chicago Ward residents: Chicago-Mun. Code CH. 5-12-110
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For more information about tenant rights, refer to the Evanston Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance.
Chicago residents should see the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance.