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Q: so a land patent protects the property within the land patent if the holder steps foward
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Feb 1, 2023

I don't mean to sound rude, but you've made a statement rather than asking a question. Do you have a question? You'll want to use somewhat correct terminology. A "land patent" typically refers to the initial grant of a piece of land by the government to an individual or... Read more »

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Q: Apartment has damage that occurred prior to move in. Landlord is dragging their feet to make repairs.

Landlord refusing us tenant a rent concession though it has been 20 days since our initial complaint of conditions. We have paid two months rent for which we are unable to live comfortably in the apartment due to baseboards left in the middle of the living room. The washer and dryer is also... Read more »

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Q: In Illinois do you have to give a roommate notice of someone moving in?

Me and my girlfriend split up about a year ago. She still lives in my house that I own. I've been seeing somebody for 6 months and we both want to live together. Problem is my ex-girlfriend still lives there and she refuses to leave. Do I have to give her notice of someone moving in? Because... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 27, 2023

From a legal perspective, if it's your house you don't need to give your ex notice that someone else is moving in. On the other hand, I'm guessing your new girlfriend and you will lead a much more peaceful life if you evict the ex-girlfriend before moving the new girlfriend into the... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal for my business landlord to ask for financials 3 years into a lease?

Lease and rent are current and up to date.

Demitrus Thomas Evans
Demitrus Thomas Evans
answered on Jan 23, 2023

This seemingly is a landlord-tenant issue. However, as a practical matter for business, if you have already signed a lease and been in it for 3 years, this appears to be out of their right to request.

However, I can see it making sense in two scenarios: if you have fallen behind and there...
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Q: My husband and I are being evicted don the 18th I have to have a heart procedure done on the 17th .I asked landlord if

If we could have until the 24th to get everything out he gave us until the 19knowing we will be out of town for two days with my heart is there a time on how long la lord has to hold onto property before disposing of it.Hehadnew tenant sign lease why we still livedher.eOn thee ictoon papers it... Read more »

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Q: can the owner of home i live in change locks with all my belongings inside?

i have lived there with my daughter since 2019. my friend and her husband own it and care for my daughter in their home as well. when i decided to get my daughter and leave the area they asked when my things would be out and i said 1-29. they want me to sign my daughter to them and kept calling... Read more »

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Q: Hello, I am having some issue with my property Management regarding some netting i put up inside of my patio.

I moved in when we had a different management and ,when asked,i was approved the specific netting I have since is clear and only visible when standing 5ft away.

New management want me to take it down,even if i have the email thread approving it years back.

One of the... Read more »

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Q: Can a landlord sue u if you are just a cosigner on a lease but do not live there
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Dec 21, 2022

Yes. The whole point of getting a cosigner is to have someone else to sue if things don't work out.

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Q: There was a bad leak that caused mold nothing was done for 3 years now my rent is raised and my family is sick all the

Landlord wouldn't do any repairs for years and there was a leak and mold every where my son is always sick and now that she fixed it she raised the rent from 925 to 1200 what can I do I do not want to sign a new lease

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 23, 2022

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your family's ordeal. For the personal injury aspects of your question, reach out to local attorneys to try to arrange a free initial consult. Unfortunately, not all injury law firms handle... Read more »

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Q: Would I be able to sue neighbor for smoking or landlord for not evicting neighbor that abuses no smoking policy.

I have asthma. My Neighbor continues to smoke after complained to manager about it. There is no smoking policy here by HUD. I've complained to HUD abd the state health department smoke hotline.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jun 6, 2022

You cannot sue your neighbor because there is no privity of contract between you and your neighbor. If no smoking is a condition of your lease you can break your lease if the landlord refuses to enforce the no smoking policy. If you have complained to HUD, HUD will issue warnings. If the warnings... Read more »

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Q: Do you have a good case in court to fight an eviction if there was crime and unsafe issues going on in apartment?

We are facing eviction after just renewing lease for another 12 months due to starting a new job but it fell through and didn’t have the funds to pay rent. While living in the apartment we faced many issues such as violence going on outside our door with knives, people in the building blasting... Read more »

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on May 17, 2022

Perhaps these may be reasons to break the lease and move out, but you can't have it both ways. In other words, you can't stay and not pay. The fact that the unit was not clean when you moved in more than a year ago will not be considered. Any objection to the condition of the unit... Read more »

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Q: Can a landlord collect more than what was agreed upon in the lease?

Property has recently switched landlords. Lease is for $8400 over 12 months. Am currently at about $11,000 paid.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Mar 22, 2022

No. When he bought the building, he bought it with the leases in place, as they were. The exception (and I've never seen it) would be a lease with a provision allowing rent to increase in the event of a sale of the property.

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Q: My landlord is saying because of 735 ILCS 5, I had to give 30 days notice before my 12 month lease ended

My 12 month lease ends the 28th of February. It is very clearly stated and there is no clause in my lease stating I need to give notice 30 days prior. I gave 29 days notice and now my landlord is fighting me and saying I have to stay and pay March rent

Ana M. McNamara
Ana M. McNamara
answered on Feb 11, 2022

The statute you quoted is incomplete. It should read 735 ILCS 5/ ___ and a number after the slash in order to point to a relevant section of the statute that your landlord is reading. At any rate, you are not required to give thirty days notice unless it specifically states so in your lease.... Read more »

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Q: I'm a disabled renter who resides in a building that has been sold for taxes and the deed has been submitted to the cour

It was sold over 2yrs ago and I just found out, now the person claiming to own the property STILL wants rent and is telling me information that I know isn't true, what should I do

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Nov 18, 2021

If the tax buyer has just recently applied for a deed to the property with the court, then the previous owner still "owns" the property until the court deeds it to the tax buyer. When you say "person claiming to own the property" I'm not sure if you mean the person holding... Read more »

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Q: I need to know whether to continue to pay rent where I live cause it was sold for back taxes and I'm disabled...

It was sold almost a month prior to us moving in

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Nov 18, 2021

First off, I'd need a little more information. Were the taxes sold? If so, you would continue to pay rent to the registered owner. The owner can always redeem the taxes by paying the arrearage and interest. Perhaps a call to the County treasurer's office would be in order. In my... Read more »

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Q: What do I do if my tenant leaves and blocks me without paying 6 months on the lease?

I have signed a lease with an international tenant and have his passport number. The tenant just got a job offer at a big tech company and is moving. His company offered him a lump sum for his moving needs and lease disturbance. As by the lease (and from my understanding, Illinois law), if he... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Nov 15, 2021

You need to immediately discuss this developing situation before it gets worse with a licensed attorney practicing in the realm of landlord tenant law.

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Q: My tenants have had no lease, since 2019. They owe me $70,000. I give up, I'm 71 years old and want to sell. Can I?

Can I sell during the Eviction Mort. in Illinois? My rental is in Vernon Hills, Ill.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Sep 29, 2021

The eviction moratorium has expired. You need to immediately initiate an eviction process by giving notice and retaining an eviction counsel of your choice.

It is deplorable that you let the tenant accumulate that must debt to begin with.

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Q: Wrong size natural gas pipe in kitchen ? Who is responsible ?

Recently we moved into a 2004 8 story condo in IL without an inspection. We noticed that we were getting a very low pressure and after a while an orange flame started to be visible. I contacted the management and board who said that nobody else in the building had similar issue and since it only... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 27, 2021

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could try asking the City, but it seems unlikely they would become involved in a private dispute involving an HOA where an owner had opportunity for inspection. In terms of public authorities, you could check... Read more »

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Q: I live in a 31 floor high rise building in river north Chicago owned by a management company.

Because of an error the developer made all balconies are having to be replaced in a 3 year old building. The drilling and construction has been going on for months and is unbearable in a work from home environment. What are our tenant rights in the situation (concessions, lease cancellations w/out... Read more »

Robert Shipley
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Robert Shipley
answered on Apr 13, 2021

The lease would have to be reviewed to determine what rights you may have as a tenant give the circumstances you describe. If the work has interfered with your ability to live in your unit without disruption there may be a basis to claim constructive eviction and terminate the lease on that basis.... Read more »

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Q: My landlord says that he can charge a pet deposit and monthly fees for my emotional support animal. Is this true in Il?
Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Nov 23, 2020

No. It is not. It’s covered by the FHA which is a federal law.

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