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Comments on the RLTO IndexTHE CHICAGO RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD
AND TENANT ORDINANCE (RLTO)

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By: Paul Bernstein, Attorney at Law

Section 5-12-020 - Exclusions. Rental of the following dwelling units shall not be governed by this Chapter unless the rental agreement thereof is created to avoid the application of this Chapter:

(a) dwelling units in owner-occupied buildings containing six units or less; provided, however, that the provisions of Section 5-12-160 shall apply to every rented dwelling unit in such buildings within the City of Chicago.

Commentary: The RLTO only excludes smaller apartment buildings of six units or less if the owner of the building occupies one of the units. In other words, even a two-flat is subject to the ordinance unless the owner lives in one of the apartments