A Rental Agreement May Not

1. Tenants should carefully read written leases A written lease agreement is a contract (similar to any other contract) between the lease and the lessor. Its purpose is to express the intentions of the parties to the agreement. Experienced tenants know all too well that tenants have little or no bargaining power with landlords. You should always read the entire lease carefully before signing it, as the clauses in it can be legally binding. The law makes certain lease clauses unenforceable for residential buildings, whether or not you sign the lease, but the best protection is to read the contract and know what you are signing. The Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance lists some of these unenforceable clauses and further discussions about them will follow. 9. The regulation prohibits the lessor from asking you to renew a lease more than ninety (90) days before the date of termination of your current lease.

If the landlord violates this provision, you can recover one month`s rent or actual damages, whichever is greater. Unfortunately, the rules remain silent on how long a landlord must give you to accept the new lease. During the legal period (90) of ninety days, the lessor can always pressure you to sign the new contract quickly, for example by giving you only one week to accept the new lease or not be renewed. As you are bound by any provision of your rental agreement, it is important to understand what you are agreeing to before signing, unless it is unenforceable. Leasing provisions are generally referred to as „Boilerplate“, as many leases use the default language. The default language of a rental agreement may include, among other things, the terms of the rental agreement, payment dates and late fees. But sometimes unusual problems appear. Consider speaking to a landlord-tenant lawyer if you have additional questions or need representation. In the event of a breach or early termination of the rental agreement by the tenant, the landlord`s possible remedies may include: the tenant may not refuse the lessor to refuse to give the inappropriate permission to enter the rental unit from time to time to inspect the premises. Take the time to read the lease and be prepared to ask your landlord questions.

Compare the terms given to you by your landlord at the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance Summary („the Summary“). The lessor must give you this summary if you enter into or renew a lease. While tenants may not be in the best position to negotiate terms in the rental agreement, by reading the summary of the settlement that your landlord should give, you will be alerted to rights that you may not even know you have. You may never have problems with your landlord, but if you do, the better informed you are of your rights and what your lease contains, the better prepared you will be to manage. . . .

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