1. You must ask your landlord to make repairs.

    That request should always be in writing and dated.

    You should ask for immediate repairs if the condition is serious, such as no heat, no hot water, or no electricity.

    You should give the landlord 14 days to make repairs if the condition is not serious, such as peeling paint, inadequate water pressure, or defective stove.
  2. If your landlord fails or refuses to make repairs, you need to phone us to learn how to:

    get the repairs made
    reduce your rent legally
    have us inspect your apartment for other needed repairs
    if necessary, break your lease legally

If you do not follow proper procedures, your landlord can evict you for failure to pay the full rent.

We can help you with those procedures. Before exercising your rights, you should get our experienced assistance. (773) 478-1133

[The Illinois Tenants Union is not a law firm or a legal services corporation; however, our executive director is a licensed Illinois attorney, and we have a home inspector licensed by the State of Illinois on our staff. We also have relationships with other experienced attorneys who will represent tenants should the need arise.]

If you have any questions or would like more information, or to discuss your rights please contact us (773) 478-1133, email us, or use our online request form.

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