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Q: Hot water issue

I have had no hot water in my shower for the past three months. I live in a two bedroom two bathroom unit with one roommate. My roommates shower has had working hot water, but I have not. My landlord has been extremely slow to respond and has done almost nothing to help. In addition they will NOT... View More

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Q: Mobile home park not allowing anyone to buy my home. People get an approved application but then told they can't buy th

I own the home but rent the lot. Multiple people have attempted to buy it. They get approval and apply to live in the mobile home park, but then the manager tells them they can't buy my house and that they have to buy one of their properties. I live in Rockford, IL. The manager of the... View More

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Q: How to get ex's name off an insurance settlement check for a home he has no financial interest in.

When I took out a home insurance policy, I listed my Ex as on it so that his personal property would be covered. There was a fire. I have come to find out that the Ex was listed on the whole policy. I did not know this was the case, and did not intend it to be so, as the home is solely in my name,... View More

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Q: Roommate in the military left without paying rent owned and left property in the room. How should we take legal action?

There is a someone who rented with us but blocked our contact after not fully moving out to avoid payment.

This person is in the army but we do not know the base contact. What would be the best way to approach getting

the money back? I'm not sure if going straight to small... View More

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Q: Is it legal for my landlord's realtor to access my unit without 24 hr notice or confirmation, for inspection purposes?

My apt has a contingent offer for purchase. Following a formal inspection, there was concern regarding a section of warped wood flooring that looks like water damage. However, the inspector did not indicate this was an emergency. I told my landlord that the floor is dry and there is no sign of an... View More

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Q: I rent house in WI via property mgmnt co. The tenants hoarded trash / ruined hardwood. No report to me post inspection.

I am the owner of the home. Also skeptical of their screening of the tenants. My neighbor sent me pictures three months later which is the only way I knew they were hoarding garbage. They are still hoarding in the basement. The hardwood floor is ruined throughout home. Can/should I hire lawyer to... View More

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Q: lease said I could not have dogs, I brought a dog over, lease ended, I moved, now landlord wants sue after finding hair

My lease for my apartment said I could not have a dog/pets, on my lease, over my 1 year lease in my apartment, I sometimes would have my siblings stop by who brought their dog, some tenants would stop by with their dog and or I would baby sit them sometimes. My lease ended, did final walk through,... View More

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Q: Is it legal for a landlord in Cook County Illinois to charge a monthly fee for not signing a new lease?

Text sent from landlord below.

"Back in Sept we mailed out the 2024 leases. We have not received your signed lease and you are currently being charged $25.00 per month until it is signed and brought back into the office."

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Q: Have a tenant lives in pico Rivera ca she has figured out only needs to pay rent every other month thanks to the law

That need to be thirty days in arrears to start eviction

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Q: Who can I contact if the landlord/propery manager always ignores my complaints?

I rent a townhouse in Diamond IL. I reached out via email 3 times over a month ago for a noise complaint against the people that live to the left of me. We all have shared walls and I get we are going to hear eachother make normal noises, but these are 2 bedroom townhomes and a family of 6 lives to... View More

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Q: Is it legal for my landlord to have my car towed from the complex? I am behind on rent and planning to move. CHI, IL

I have been living here for the past four years and recently fell behind on rent, and my landlord wants me to move out and I agreed to move out and I am just packing up my things slowly, but still live in the unit. I went outside at 3:30 AM and realized that my car was towed, is it legal for him to... View More

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

In Illinois, landlords generally do not have the legal authority to tow a tenant's car directly without following proper legal procedures. Evictions and related actions must be conducted through the court system. If you're behind on rent and your landlord wants you to move out, they... View More

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Q: Hello, my landlord has kicked me out without 30 day noticed and even threatened to kill me.

She has costed me loads of money by doing that, holding everything hostage, even costing me money I could be earning right now as I'm homeless and having to make appointments to find a place to live right now. I am completely broke right now and because of all the damage she has caused me even... View More

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

In Illinois, landlords are required to provide tenants with a proper notice before eviction, typically a 30-day notice for month-to-month tenancies. If your landlord evicted you without this notice and threatened you, this is a serious matter. Your landlord’s actions appear to violate tenant... View More

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Q: When it can become a legal issue when a neighbor gives her negative opinions about me to other neighbors

A lady neighbor at my complex complains about me to other neighbors. How I know is I dated her friend that told me " I'm weird". I've done nothing but chat with her. A therapist I told about the lady. He thinks she is unfriendly. There is a couple of ladies that are friendly to... View More

John Michael Frick
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answered on Sep 8, 2023

Usually it becomes legally actionable when it crosses the line from opinion to a false disparaging factual statement that causes actual harm to your reputation.

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Q: Can my landlord make tenants pay water, sewer and trash not listed in lease to an independent utility company?
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answered on Sep 1, 2023

In Illinois, a landlord typically cannot make tenants pay for water, sewer, and trash services that are not explicitly outlined in the lease agreement. Lease agreements govern the rights and responsibilities of both parties, and any changes to these terms usually require mutual agreement. If a... View More

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Q: Is it possible to sue a university for making their students live in uninhabitable conditions?

I'm enrolling into a college where they have a large first-year enrollment rate. Because of this, a lot of students (mainly freshmen) are pushed to live in a specific dorm hall that's farthest away from the entire campus. For the past few years, this hall has gained a NOTORIOUS reputation... View More

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Aug 19, 2023

You can't sue anyone for something that hasn't happened yet. You are choosing to enroll in the school. By doing so you are choosing to live where you are assigned. On your facts, you haven't even seen the dorm yet. Your concerns are based solely on gossip. Dorms are often... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can we ask the Court for a Default judgement against 2 of 3 served defendants at this time?

I have invested countless hours researching facts, law, and evidence, and ultimately we filed an 88 page, 11 count complaint in the McLean County IL Circuit Court pro-se, asking for at least $144,000 in damages against three defendants. This was filed on July 3, with the corporation's... View More

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Aug 16, 2023

Probably. Depending on the wording of your complaint (your attachment won't go through this system) it's possible you'll be limited to a default judgment as to liability and still need a hearing at which you prove your damages and each defendant has an opportunity to try to disprove... View More

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Q: Landlord question (In Illinois) Should tenants be required to have renters insurance? Any benefit to the landlord?
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answered on Aug 12, 2023

Illinois law allows a landlord to require a prospective tenant to have renter's insurance, which by the way is for your benefit because it will cover any loss you incur for the contents of your rented space for covered losses stated in your contract of insurance such as fire or theft and is... View More

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Q: My tenant said he was going to have me arrested for intimidation so I won't evict him. I messaged him for late rent

And we argued a bit. Can I go to Jail. I'm afraid to go there to evict him now

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jul 3, 2023

You're not going to go to jail for demanding the rent. If you were my client I'd tell you to begin eviction proceedings immediately. You don't need a tenant like this.

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Q: Can a renter in Illinois claim property from the land lord after living there for twenty years?

If a renter occupies the property for twenty years can they claim the property through squatter rights. Would attending the condo association meetings, and paying fees be enough. Are there any other actions the renter would need to take to get the property?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jun 29, 2023

If you are a renter you are a permissive user. In other words, the owner of the property has given you permission to occupy it. Permissive use NEVER ripens into a situation allowing you to claim adverse possession (what you refer to as squatter rights). The only action you can take to get the... View More

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