What Tenants and Landlords Should Know
Knowing the law is vital to a functional relationship between landlords and tenants. There are an abundance of state laws related to rent, deposits, repairs and leases for both commercial and residential properties. A landlord/tenant attorney can help iron out any legal disagreements in a rental dispute.
For tenants, it is important to know what a landlord is required to disclose. The following apply:
- Utilities – If a tenant pays part of a master-metered utility, the landlord must provide a written copy of how funds will be distributed among the tenants
- Rent concessions – Rent concessions must be outlined in the lease and contain the amount and extent of the concession, along with the clearly-printed words “Concession Granted.”
- Radon – Landlords do not have to test for radon, but if they choose to test and learn of a radon hazard, they are required to disclose that information to current and potential tenants.
There are several other Illinois laws to consider as a landlord or a tenant. These include:
- Protections for tenants against a landlord retaliation if, for example, a tenant complains about hazardous living conditions
- Proper procedures for handling property abandoned by tenants
- Fair housing rights
- Protections for domestic violence victims who are tenants
- Sufficient notice for rent raises
- Adherence to termination and eviction rules, including giving enough notice for tenants to vacate the property prior to eviction
- Local ordinances such as antidiscrimination rules, noise and nuisance controls and health and safety standards
How We Can Help
With so many laws and regulations to consider, working with a trusted attorney is a valuable resource for any tenant or landlord facing a legal battle or looking for guidance.
At Kepple Law, we advise clients in the communities of Peoria, Pekin, East Peoria, Morton, and Washington. If you are a landlord or tenant, our attorneys are here to help explain the nuances of renting and guide you to your next step. Give us a call at (309) 282-1545 for individual assistance.