Evanston Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance

 

 
 

Security Deposit Rights Lawyer

         The Evanston Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (ERLTO) predates the Chicago RLTO.  The Evanston RLTO does share some features of the Chicago RLTO, and also contains the state's only 21-day security deposit return and accounting rule.  This is the timeline Wisconsin residents are used to.  The ERLTO also requires landlords to account in writing even for rent they are withholding from the security deposit of a tenant.  This is not required statewide. 

 

    Evanston renters of a duplex, townhouse, apartment, condo, or single  family home may email attorney Silverman for a free initial review of their Evanston landlord - tenant situation and rights.

 

SECTION

 

5-3-1

5-3-2
5-3-3-1

5-3-3-2

5-3-3-3

5-3-4-1

5-3-4-2

5-3-4-3

5-3-4-4

5-3-5-1

5-3-5-2

5-3-5-3

5-3-5-4

5-3-5-5

5-3-6-1

5-3-6-3

5-3-6-4

5-3-6-5

5-3-6-6

5-3-7-1

5-3-7-2

5-3-7-3

5-3-7-4

5-3-7-5

5-3-7-6

5-3-8-1

5-3-8-2

5-3-8-3

5-3-9-1

5-3-9-2

5-3-10

5-3-11

5-3-12-1

5-3-12-2

5-3-12-3

5-3-12-4

5-3-12-5

 

   RATES

        TITLE

 

Title, Purpose and scope

General Definitions; Principals of Interpretation

Rental Agreement: Terms and Conditions of Lease

Effect of Unsigned or Undelivered Rental Agreement

Prohibited Provisions in Rental Agreements

Tenant Obligations:  Maintain Dwelling Unit

Rules and Regulations

Access

Tenant's Use and Occupancy of Dwelling Unit

Landlord Obligations:  Security Deposits

Disclosure

Maintain Fit Premises

Limitation of Liability
Lead Disclosure Requirements

Landlord Remedies:  Noncompliance with Lease

Abandonment; Subleases

Waiver of Landlord's Right to Terminate

Remedy After Termination

Disposition of Abandoned Property

Tenant Remedies: Noncompliance by Landlord

Failure to Deliver Possession

Self Help For Minor Defects and Rent Withholdings

Wrongful Failure to Supply Essential Services

Landlord's Noncompliance as Defense to Action for Rent

Fire or Casualty Damage

Holdover; Abuse of Access:  Holdover Remedies

Landlord and Tenant Remedies for Abuse of Access

Notice of Refusal to Renew Rental Agreement

Retaliatory Conduct

Civil Actions by City

Attachment of Chapter to Rental Agreement

Condominium Conversions

Interruption of Tenant Occupancy

Exclusions

Fines

Civil Remedy

Tenant's Right to Terminate

 

Evanston's Security Deposit Interest Rates (same as Chicago)

5-3-7-4: WRONGFUL FAILURE TO SUPPLY ESSENTIAL SERVICES:

(A) If, contrary to the rental agreement, the landlord fails to supply heat, running water, hot water, electricity, gas or plumbing, the tenant may:

1. Deliver a written notice to the landlord specifying the service to be restored, that the service must be restored within seven (7) days of delivery of the notice, and that the rental agreement will terminate automatically at the expiration of the seven (7) days if the specified service is not restored.

2. Pay for the provision of these services and deduct the cost from their next rental payment, or payments, in the event the cost of services procured exceeds the amount of the next rental payment.

3. Recover damages based upon the diminution in the fair rental value of the dwelling unit and reasonable attorney fees.

4. Procure substitute housing during the period of the landlord's noncompliance, in which case the tenant is excused from paying rent for the period of the landlord's noncompliance. The tenant may recover the cost of reasonable value of the substitute housing up to an amount equal to the monthly rent and reasonable attorney fees.

(B) If the tenant proceeds under this section, he may not proceed under section 5-3-7-1 or 5-3-7-3 of this chapter for that breach.

(C) The tenant may not exercise his rights under this section if the condition was caused by the inability of a utility supplier to provide service or by the deliberate or negligent act or omission of the tenant, a member of his family, or other person on the premises with his consent. (Ord. 97-0-06)

 

 
 

Title 5 Chapter 3 of the Municipal Code of Evanston