Chicago's Fair Housing Ordinance

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During the summer of 2020, amongst all the chaos that we have already experienced, the City Of Chicago approved the new Fair Housing Ordinance. This ordinance increases the amount of notice a landlord must give in order to not renew a lease, terminate a lease, or to raise the rent of a tenant.  

Chicago Landlord Wants To Terminate Your Lease - Under the ordinance, landlords must provide:

  • 60 days of notice to terminate your lease if you have lived in your unit for more than six months but less than three years

  • 120 days of notice to terminate your lease if you have lived in your unit for more than 3 years

Chicago landlord Wants To Raise Your Rent - Under the ordinance, landlords must provide:

  • 60 days of notice to raise your rent if you have lived in your unit for more than six months but less than three years

  • 120 days of notice to raise your rent if you have lived in your unit for more than three years

These rules apply to all tenants, whether they have a written year-long lease or an informal month-to-month lease. It does not apply if the eviction process has begun due to nonpayment of rent or another violation of the lease.

If a landlord fails to give the required notice, tenants have the right to remain in the unit for the required notice period or pay the prior rent for the required notice period.

For further information or resources check out the City Of Chicago Know Your Rights Page where it also dives deeper into eviction notice for nonpayment of rent changes made by this new ordinance.

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