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are not guarantees of same results in your case
Some cases settle before court. All
of them probably should. There
are a lot of landlords with good intentions. This is why we
send a landlord a copy of the complaint we intend to
file in court before filing it, advising the landlord to
consult with their own lawyer and settle the matter
before it is filed.
If a case cannot be settled then
there has to be a trial (or
Renters should be prepared to testify honestly and
provide evidence related to their tenancy. The landlord who loses at
trial in most cases must pay both damages and also the renter's court
costs and attorney fees. Below are examples of some cases we had to take to
trial, and sometimes the Illinois Court of Appeals:
have to litigate a case, then the landlord
will never believe our fees are reasonable,
since they have to pay them. But often the
judges who determine the fees think our requests are
Sometimes many renters are part
class actions. This
makes sense when lots of people were subject to
the same allegedly unlawful practice by the same
landlord. We have filed cases resulting in
cash or rent-credit payments made available for thousands of
renters in Chicago and other
Illinois cities like Arlington Heights, Lisle, Naperville,
Class actions sometimes result in a substantial
payment of unclaimed funds by the landlord to a
organization that assists low income individuals
with legal problems arising from housing.
who serve as class representatives make this
reluctant charity possible.
In theory, renters who represent their class
(1) do neighbors a
landlords to abide
by the law, and
represent the rights of all Illinois renters.
to fill out and submit a questionnaire for potential free review
of your tenancy situation. Email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 775-1015.