CHICAGO RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD
AND TENANT ORDINANCE (RLTO)
SELECTED PROVISIONS AND COMMENTARY
By: Paul Bernstein, Attorney at Law
Tenants in Chicago have very powerful remedies against landlords who do
not comply with the Ordinance governing the relationships between landlords and tenants.
What follows are selected sections of the RLTO with my personal interpretations of said
sections. My discussion of various sections of the RLTO will be presented in italics.
To familiarize yourself with the sections of the RLTO that are most frequently helpful
in dealing with problem landlords, browse the links below:
CONCLUSIONS The RLTO is clearly very protective of the rights of tenants occupying
apartments in Chicago. The damages that may be assessed against landlords and owners are
very significant. It is appropriate for all landlords to know of and about the RLTO and to
make certain that they are in full compliance therewith.
Again, the above and foregoing is not intended to be a full description of the RLTO and
all the obligations and responsibilities it places on landlords and tenants. Owners of
residential apartments in Chicago should obtain a copy of the RLTO, read it and comply
with its terms. Landlords are strongly urged to consult with their attorney about the
implications and requirements of the RLTO.