Illinois Landlord-Tenant Law

Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln – Chicago, in the northeast part of the state, provides a great cultural and economic hub while other parts of the state are rich with agriculture and natural resources. The cities and many suburbs in Illinois are a great place for investors to consider buying rental property in as there are options for every budget. For our recommendations on exactly where to invest in this state, take a look at our Illinois state rental investment report – keep reading for more information on Illinois landlord-tenant law.

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Illinois Landlord-Tenant Law FAQs

Below are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions when it comes to landlord-tenant laws in Illinois:

How Long Does a Landlord Have to Fix Something In Illinois?

According to the Illinois Residential Tenants’ Right to Repair Act, a landlord must make the repair within 14 days after being notified by the tenant. If there is an emergency repair that needs to be made, tenants can hire a workman to repair the issues and give the landlord a paid bill from the appropriate tradesman to deduct the payment from their rent. 

Can a Landlord Enter Without Permission in Illinois?

In Illinois, a landlord can only enter without permission in case of an emergency – other than that,  landlords can enter at a time requested by the tenant during reasonable hours such as between 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Some cities might have specific rules like Chicago, where a landlord must give a 48-hour notice on their intent to enter the rental property.

What is the Eviction Process in Illinois?

Read the full Illinois eviction laws here. While it can vary on a case-by-case basis, if a tenant fails to pay rent or there is another lease violation, a landlord can start the eviction process – tenants have five days from the day they are first given their eviction notice to pay rent or move out of the rental and then court proceedings may follow.

Due Diligence and Ilinois Rental Laws

TurboTenant has utilized many municipal sources along with official state statutes in order to compile this information to the best of our ability. However, local laws are always in flux and landlords and tenants alike should be sure to do their due diligence and consult legal help when it’s needed. We hope the following list can serve as a valuable resource and allow you to succeed as a landlord or tenant in Illinois. Be sure to take proper precautions when it comes to finding the top candidates for your unit by utilizing our online rental application and tenant screening services.

Disclaimer: TurboTenant, Inc does not provide legal advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. All users are advised to check all applicable local, state, and federal laws and consult legal counsel should questions arise.

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