Landlord Negligence

When the Chicago City Council passed the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) in 1986, it established the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in the rental of Chicago apartments. Under the RLTO, landlords are expected to comply with certain requirements and maintain their premises to keep tenants safe.

When a landlord fails to adequately maintain a rental unit or provide certain services required by the municipal code, tenants have several remedies. On remedy is injunctive relief that allows tenants to recover any damages they have suffered.

Attorney for Landlord Negligence in Chicago, IL

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed because of a landlord’s negligence in Cook County, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents clients with premises liability claims in Berwyn, Chicago, Elgin, Evanston, Des Plaines, and many surrounding areas of northern Illinois.

Susan E. Loggans is a skilled personal injury lawyer in Chicago who can work to get you the compensation you need and deserve for lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. She can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (302) 201-8600 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation. Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee for legal representation unless the client obtains a financial award.


Cook County Landlord Negligence Information Center


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Types of Landlord Negligence in Illinois

Landlords could be legally liable for any injuries people suffer on the premises if the injuries were the result of a landlord failing to maintain an adequate standard of care. Some of the most common types of landlord negligence claims involve the following kinds of accidents:

  • Failure to maintain property
  • Negligent repairs
  • Dangerous common areas
  • Hazardous conditions (lead paint, asbestos, etc...)

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Chicago Landlord's Responsibility to Maintain Under RLTO

Under Chicago Municipal Code § 5-12-070, landlords must maintain premises in compliance with all applicable provisions of the municipal code and must promptly make any and all repairs necessary to fulfill this obligation. Chicago Municipal Code § 5-12-110 defines material noncompliance with Chicago Municipal Code § 5-12-070 as including, but not being limited to, any of the following circumstances:

  • Failure to maintain the structural integrity of the building or structure or parts thereof;
  • Failure to maintain floors in compliance with the safe load-bearing requirements of the municipal code;
  • Failure to comply with applicable requirements of the municipal code for the number, width, construction, location or accessibility of exits;
  • Failure to maintain exit, stairway, fire escape or directional signs where required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to provide smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, fire alarm systems, automatic fire detectors or fire extinguishers where required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to maintain elevators in compliance with applicable provisions of the municipal code;
  • Failure to provide or maintain in good working order a flush water closet, lavatory basin, bathtub or shower, or kitchen sink;
  • Failure to maintain heating facilities or gas-fired appliances in compliance with the requirements of the municipal code;
  • Failure to provide heat or hot water in such amounts and at such levels and times as required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to provide hot and cold running water as required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to provide adequate hall or stairway lighting as required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to maintain the foundation, exterior walls or exterior roof in sound condition and repair, substantially watertight and protected against rodents;
  • Failure to maintain floors, interior walls or ceilings in sound condition and good repair;
  • Failure to maintain windows, exterior doors or basement hatchways in sound condition and repair and substantially tight and to provide locks or security devices as required by the municipal code, including deadlatch locks, deadbolt locks, sash or ventilation locks, and front door windows or peepholes;
  • Failure to supply screens where required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to maintain stairways or porches in safe condition and sound repair;
  • Failure to maintain the basement or cellar in a safe and sanitary condition;
  • Failure to maintain facilities, equipment or chimneys in safe and sound working condition;
  • Failure to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water;
  • Failure to exterminate insects, rodents or other pests;
  • Failure to supply or maintain facilities for refuse disposal;
  • Failure to prevent the accumulation of garbage, trash, refuse or debris as required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to provide adequate light or ventilation as required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to maintain plumbing facilities, piping, fixtures, appurtenances, and appliances in good operating condition and repair;
  • Failure to provide or maintain electrical systems, circuits, receptacles, and devices as required by the municipal code;
  • Failure to maintain and repair any equipment which the landlord supplies or is required to supply; or
  • Failure to maintain the dwelling unit and common areas in a fit and habitable condition.

Tenants are provided multiple remedies—addition to any remedies provided under federal law—to deal with landlords in material noncompliance. In addition to possibly giving notice and terminating, repairing and deducting, or withholding a portion of rent, one remedy for tenants provided for under the RLTO is filing a lawsuit in court for an injunction and any damages.


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Cook County Landlord Negligence Resources

City of Chicago | Rents Right — Visit this section of the City of Chicago website to learn more about the Rents Right campaign, which educates Chicagoans about the legal responsibilities and rights of renters and property owners. You can find a link to view the full text of the RLTO as well as an RLTO summary. You can also find information about the Foreclosure Assistance and Information for Renters (F.A.I.R) initiative.

Chicago City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-5000

Center for Renters’ Rights — The Center for Renters’ Rights is a not-for-profit community services organization “dedicated to the fair and equitable exercise of both Illinois tenants’ and property owners’ rights, duties, remedies, and obligations under the law.” Information on this website is broken into Chicago, Evanston, and Illinois sections. The website also has a section dedicated to security deposits and a forum for people to find and post reviews of landlords and real estate companies.

Center for Renters’ Rights
3007 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-8152


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Susan E. Loggans & Associates | Chicago Landlord Negligence Lawyer

Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed because of a landlord’s failure to adequately maintain property in the Chicagoland area? You will want to contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates for help making sure that all of your legal rights are protected and championed.

Chicago personal injury attorney Susan E. Loggans represents individuals in communities all over Cook County, such as Oak Forest, Elmhurst, Park Ridge, Calumet City, Burbank, and many others. Call (302) 201-8600 or complete an online contact form to have our lawyer review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.


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