Chicago winter months are known for below freezing temperatures and bitter cold wind chills. Accordingly, there are local ordinances that hold landlords accountable for making their properties habitable in the cold.
The Chicago Heat Ordinance outlines essential services that landlords are required to consistently provide to their tenants. If detailed temperatures are not maintained within specific time frames, landlords can be fined.
Chicago’s Snow Removal law (Section 10-8-180 of the Municipal Code of Chicago) describes who must remove snow and ice from sidewalks, the time frame for snow and ice removal, and legal repercussions if the law is not followed.
The Cook County Sheriff will also delay enforcement of eviction order when weather conditions are life-threatening.
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