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PAUL BERNSTEIN, ESQ., ON CHICAGO TENANTS' RIGHTS

Paul Bernstein, Esq. 1998, All Rights Reserved

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface – Purposes of this book

1 Introduction to the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance ("RLTO")

2 The RLTO, In General

3 Tips When Renting an Apartment, Part1

Chicago Skyline4 Tips When Renting an Apartment, Part 2

5 Court Decisions And Certain Tenant’s Rights

6 Getting a Refund of Your Security Deposit

7 Interest On Security Deposits

8 Commingling of Security Deposits

9 If Your Landlord Does Not Maintain Your Apartment

10 More Remedies Available to Tenants

11 Retaliatory Evictions Prohibited in Chicago

12 Service of Written Notices

13 The Sheriff Comes to Call

14 Attorney’s Fees in Eviction Court

15 Tips for Tenants Going to Court

16 Tips for Landlords

17 Available Resources to Help Tenants Abound

18 Be Prepared

19 Tenants’ "Rent Reduction" and Other Rights

20 Taking Care of Minor Defects

21 You Have to Break Your Lease

22 Two 1997 decisions: Shorter Statute of Limitations For Security Deposits And Important Tenant Victory Case on Retaliatory Eviction