Chicago Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance

Section 5-12-090 Identification of owner and agents

 

 

  A landlord or any person authorized to enter into an oral or written rental agreement on the landlord's behalf shall disclose to the tenant in writing at or before the commencement of the tenancy the name, address, and telephone number of:

 

   (a)   The owner or person authorized to manage the premises; and

 

   (b)   A person authorized to act for and on behalf of the owner for the purpose of service of process and for the purpose of receiving and receipting for notices and demands.

 

   A person who enters into a rental agreement and fails to comply with the requirements of this section becomes an agent of the landlord for the purpose of (i) service of process and receiving and receipting for notices and demands and (ii) performing the obligations of the landlord under this chapter and under the rental agreement.

 

   The information required to be furnished by this section shall be kept current and this section extends to and is enforceable against any successor landlord, owner, or manager.

 

   If the landlord fails to comply with this section, the tenant may terminate the rental agreement pursuant to the notice provisions of Section 5-12-110(a). If the landlord fails to comply with the requirements of this section after receipt of written notice pursuant to Section 5-12-110(a), the tenant shall recover one month's rent or actual damages, whichever is greater.

 

Commentary

    

This section of the RLTO requires landlords to identify their address on the lease, along with their phone number. 

 

If the landlord fails to give this required information the tenant can give the landlord a written notice pursuant to RLTO 110(a) stating that the lease will terminate in 14+ days if the landlord doesn't provide the required information.  If the landlord doesn't provide the required information within 14 days, the lease can be broken.  The tenant can also recover damages of one-month's rent.