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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: I live in Illinois subsidized housing. I am disabled and live in an apartment. We are being told we can't have visitors.

We are being told it's because of the Coronavirus and I don't think they have the right to tell us we can't have the family come and visit us. I want to know if they have that right since this might be something that will go on for quite a long while and it doesn't seem right... Read more »

Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Jun 13, 2020

I would recommend you review the terms of your lease to determine if there are any restrictions. Additionally, are there building rules/regulations which apply. Alghough due to COVID many buildings are adjusting their normal procedures, access to an individual's unit should not be restricted.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Is there a way to make an eviction date come sooner?

I live with my mom and younger sister (13) and my mothers ex boyfriend has been living with us for about 4-5 years now and finally we have gotten an eviction notice for him but its not set until July 1st. Lately he has been yelling at us and making us uncomfortable and scared in our own home and is... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on May 8, 2020

Yes. You may obtain an emergency order of protection. Contact your local women's center. They have trained advocates to get you through the process without having to file a lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: What should I do I rent an apartment and when I was walking down stairs the stair broke to where my foot went through.

Hurting my back and foot is swollen and bruised. Where should I go from here.

Jeremy Wang
Jeremy Wang answered on Apr 13, 2020

If you are experiencing pain then you need to seek medical attention right away. An injured person should not allow the Co-vid 19 pandemic to result in untreated pain, or even worse, allowing a severe injury to become permanent or cause death out of fear of going to the doctor. The emergency rooms... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: I vacated & paid a property mid month where the landlord did not send a lease? He says I owe for the whole month?

Do I still owe for the whole month? I've lived at the rental property for 4 years and the last year, the landlord did not send a lease.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Feb 7, 2020

You probably owe for the whole month, but it's impossible to be sure without reviewing the terms of the last written lease you had with the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Would arbitration be a win, as small claims is up in the air

had issues with the apartment and complained to HUD's state housing contractor and about the loss of funds and abuse by the landlord. Landlord owes me $4 taken out for rent and partial rent for breaking lease early

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 1, 2020

As a general matter for any forum, it's difficult to say whether something would be a win. One of the advantages with arbitration is the loosening of rules of evidence and civil procedure applied in more rigid forums, offering parties the possibility of resolving disputes in a more streamlined... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Good afternoon: I have an issue with a landlord-tenant dispute in McHenry County.

A friend rented from a private house in McHenry County. There was an issue with monies owed but my friend has paid the back rent. There is no lease involved. The landlord had agreed to pay the utilities but did not and the water was shut off.

Conflict arose concerning the utility shut... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 27, 2020

You don't have an issue with the landlord, your friend does. He should contact an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My ex and I were living together. We both signed a lease. I moved out. He failed to pay rent. I got served a summons.

The lease was signed in 2015.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 23, 2020

Most leases state the parties are jointly liable for the rent. This means the landlord can come after either one of you for the full amount. A lease may state each party is responsible for half the rent, but this is very rare. In other words, it's likely you're stuck for the full amount... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can you get evicted for smoking in your apartment if you have Oxigan


James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 20, 2020

If your lease forbids smoking, yes. Possibly if your lease forbids you from doing anything in the apartment that might cause the landlord's insurance to increase. You must realize the danger of smoking near an oxygen supply or you wouldn't have asked the question.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: When we sell the condo, would I be able to get the 50% of the value of the condo that my mom agrees to for a long time?

My parents were divorced when I was 14. However, my dad came back in our life at one point. He offered to put down half the down payment for a purchase of a condo in my mom’s name in 2007 as a redemption and to help me through college. Both my mom and dad put down $140000 for a $305000 condo. My... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 15, 2020

If the condo was solely in your mother's name, and if the 2012 deed to which you refer was recorded in the Recorder's Office, then you are entitled to 50% of the net proceeds if it is sold. If the deed wasn't recorded or doesn't get recorded, you need to talk to a lawyer ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: So me and my girl friend are renting a 3 BR home. My family (different address) is getting evicted from their home

I have offer to Put them up for a few months, but the landlord was made aware of the situation and is telling me they do not have permission to stay until they find a new home. She has brought up getting background checks on them, or the city may see them living there and evict them, even though it... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Nov 21, 2019

No lawyer can give a solid answer to your question without reviewing the lease between you and the landlord. Your best bet is to make a brief appointment with a lawyer. Bring your whole lease with you, not just the parts that seem relevant to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: can this cause problems?

This is my first time renting an apartment with my boyfriend and our son

when we applied we never mention anything about our 3 year old son. We will be moving in tomorrow and i am scared that this might cause a problem with the landlord since it's only a 1 bedroom apartment. Is there... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Nov 21, 2019

No guarantees, but it shouldn't cause a problem as long as your son is in your legal custody -- and unless there's a court order giving custody to someone else, he is.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My lease says im responsible for pest control but I live in an apartment building. My apartment has bedbugs.

I have seen other tenants throwing away couches and beds. Lets say hypothetically, my apartment is the only one with bedbugs. Would I have to pay for the whole entire apartment building to be sprayed?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Nov 15, 2019

An attorney can't give good advice on your question without having a copy of the lease in front of him or her. You'll need to meet with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: If I cant negotiate with the judge, would Chapter 7 , a bankruptcy stall her eviction if negotiation fails? or What woul

She faces a judgement of over $4,000 for failure to pay rent, but she has evidence she paid partial, and she is on SSDI. Her landlord raised the rent from $625 to $650, she has not had any repairs done on her apt as she had requested. Judge said to come with evidence and or a witness to help her... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 5, 2019

A bankruptcy would delay her eviction for a while. The judge has no discretion to allow her more time. There is no negotiation with the judge. The only question to be answered is whether or not the rent has been paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: can my lanloard have my trailer towed with no warning
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 26, 2019

Not legally.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on
Q: IL.Would I prevail in a suit against a landlord who employed his criminal relative who sexually harassed me?

The individual began working as a handyman at my former townhouse complex 1.5 years after I moved in, and began stalking and sending me inappropriate text messages, which I reported to the management. I later found out he was related to the owner and had prior arrests for assault and harassment... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 5, 2019

Lawyers are very intelligent and highly trained professionals--but we are not soothsayers; nor do we do crystal balls. Therefore, I am constrained by a fundamental law of the universe and cannot predict the outcome of your "what if" case.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My landlord gave my roommate and I an option to break our lease, I can’t accept. Can she evict me?

I do not have the means to find a new place right now nor do I have the means to pay the full amount of the rent by myself. My landlord is well aware of this but is threatening to evict me and go after me for all the rent because I didn’t accept her offer.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jul 12, 2019

She shouldn't be able to evict you if you are not in violation of the lease, at least until the lease period ends. If your roommate accepts the option, you may find that the landlord wants to collect the full rent from you, however, unless the lease specifically provides that each tenant is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Is a landlord required to return a full deposit if a lease was not signed and he changed his mind?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jul 1, 2019

Yes, provided the tenant never occupied the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: I, who is the plaintiff, has a monetary judgement against the defendant whom I evicted as a tenant.

I am trying to collect past rent and court costs. We went back to court and the defendant agreed in front of the judge to pay me back $200 a month on the 15th of every month until the judgment is paid off. The judge signed off on that. Today is the 15th and she is refusing to pay.

I have... Read more »

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Jun 15, 2019

If the Judgment gave her a payment plan and she does not comply with it, you file a Rule to Show Cause why she shouldn't be held in contempt for failure to comply.

This gets more attention.

Let alone under the table, sometimes people don't even earn enough to be able to garnish anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can my uncle (who is my landlord) evict me from the apartment he owns without time to find and move somewhere

Verbal contract only. I get mail there. I have keys to both building door and the apartment door. All my property is still there. He stated he is changing the locks and anything left inside will be thrown away. Intimidated me and scared me with fear of trespassing and chance of being arrested

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on May 28, 2019

If the question is, "CAN he do it?" the answer is yes, people can do a lot of things. If the question is, "Yeah, but is he breaking the law when he does it?" the answer is also yes. He is supposed to give you notice that you're being evicted and, if you don't move out... Read more »

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