The Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance (RTLO) was adopted on January 28, 2021 and applies to most Cook County suburbs.
Like the existing City of Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO), the new cook County RTLO establishes tenant friendly conditions and penalties for landlords who violate requirements.
Here are a few highlights:
- The Cook County RTLO covers almost all residential rental property within county limits.
- Garages and/or parking areas on the property premises may be subject to the RTLO.
- New rental agreements and renewals with lease terms start on or after June 1st, 2021.
- RTLO compliance disclosures include EPA Bed Bug Pamphlet, RTLO Ordinance Summary, and much more.
Violations of these and other Cook County RTLO requirements can include:
- Lease termination
- Lawsuits where a tenant can be entitled to attorneys’ fees and court costs
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