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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.

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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 »

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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...
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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 within the time specified in... Read more »

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Q: can my neighbor put a video camera in my home having access to the feed illegal in Illinois. I didn't give permission

My exboyfriend gave permission so he could watch me

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on May 23, 2019

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Can you break down what times and how much notice landlord is required to give me before showing my apartment for rent?

“At any time within 90 days prior to the end of term hereof, after a single general notice, Lessor may as often as necessary show the apartment for rent between the hours of 9am and 8pm on not less than 15-minute specific notice if tenant or other person is in the apartment, without limitation as... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on May 10, 2019

Any answer I gave would simply restate the lease provision you quote in different words. If it's been a problem, talk to the landlord and see if you can work out other terms.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: I signed a lease for a year with a pet ...

I signed a lease for a year with a pet fee of 40 dollars each month. My landlord forgot to add the 40 dollars for about 8 months. They now added the 40 this month but also added the 40 they forgot to put on last month. Do I have to pay this since they did not put it on the

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Apr 29, 2019

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: How can I take possession of my property after tenant deceased? No one else in the property. Daughter & ex husband took

Won't move out or grant me access to the property... what can I do?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Apr 17, 2019

Talk to a lawyer, don't try this one yourself. File the appropriate landlord's notice, followed by a forcible entry and detainer suit. Make sure the landlord's notice and suit list "unknown parties in possession" if you're not sure who is in there or what their names are.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My boyfriend's ex-girlfriend refuses to move out of his house. There is no lease and he is the owner. How do we evict?

Since there is no lease, how do we put in a "cause" for eviction?

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry answered on Mar 3, 2019

Sometimes police presence results in the person leaving.

Otherwise, she has a month to month rental and has to be given a 30 notice to terminate the rental followed by an eviction proceeding.

If a person doesn't pay rent, you can use a five day notice to pay up before starting the...
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Q: landlord handed me a notarized 7day eviction letter.

landlord/roommate has a history of evicting his tenants after 4-5 months. he doesn't write out a lease. he only does verbal contracts. he has gone out of his way to forbid me from using the stove, embarrassed me in front of my guest. he's even cut off the electricity for a few minutes just to get... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Feb 5, 2019

You're asking the wrong question. The real question is, why would you want to stay? Find some place to go and move out, even if you have to couch surf for a while.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Do Chicago tenants have legal right to break lease if heat keeps breaking & landlord offers only temporary fixes?

Do tenants in the city of Chicago have the legal right to break their lease if the unit heat keeps breaking down in winter, & the landlord is only offering temporary fixes? The unit has heat in only living room and no heating unit in the kitchen. It is extremely cold in the apartment. What legal... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jan 31, 2019

Yes, it is certainly possible to break the lease and/or receive compensation based on the facts provided. That said, the viability of such a course of action depends on specific facts that are not provided here, such as whether or not the apartment you are renting is subject to the Chicago... Read more »

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Q: I’m involved in a tenant/landlord dispute for rent and other fees

my soon to be ex-husband defaulted for 4 months rent, I had moved out and I have been taken to court for unpaid rent and fees, that I know I am not responsible for because I was no longer living at the residence when these decisions were being made. Please I need help,the case is in Rockford... Read more »

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

I'm afraid I have bad news. If you signed the lease you may be liable for the rent even if you did not live there. The amount of the rent that's due needs to be addressed in the context of your divorce so your soon to be ex-husband either pays the landlord directly and reimburses you for anything... Read more »

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Q: What happens when you get a 5 day notice?

If you get a 5 day notice, and you can't pay the rent due, what happens on the fifth day? I've gotten differing answers from laypersons. Some say on Day 5 your stuff is thrown out, some say that on Day 5 the apartment simply goes to court and "starts the process" of evicting you, and that the court... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 10, 2019

If rent is not paid in full by the deadline of a properly served landlord's 5-day notice, the landlord must file a Complaint in Forcible Entry and Detainer (commonly referred to as an eviction) in the local circuit court, have a Summons and a copy of the Complaint served on the tenant(s), and... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord still evict me if my 5 day notice was taped to my door with an incorrect amount balance shown past due?

I am a former employee of the leasing office where I currently live. I fell behind 2 months after having an emergency c section 6 weeks before my due date. I was selected for section 8 housing after being on the wait list for 8 months. The owner would deduct half of my rent from each paycheck and... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Dec 31, 2018

Any advice I give you about the legality of this action is meaningless unless you have a lawyer to represent you in court. Hire an attorney immediately! Check to see if your college has a legal aid office that can help. Bring copies of your rent receipts (or payroll records if it was deducted from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: My lease ends in Sept, states my rent is $800/mo. Landlord told me today he is increasing my rent $100/mo. Legal?

It’s a 12 month lease and I am less than halfway through it. He says association costs have increased, but there’s nothing in my lease that mentions anything about this. He gave me less than 2 weeks notice-via text.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Dec 17, 2018

Probably not, if the lease doesn't say anything about increases during the term of the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: If I pay all my rent can this stop a eviction if the landlord takes it
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Dec 12, 2018

Yes, but only if you were served with a landlord's 5-day notice (rather than a 10-day notice), and pay all the rent within the time allowed by the notice.

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