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What Are My Rights as a Landlord in Illinois?

Posted on in Landlord-Tenant Dispute

IL real estate lawyerBeing a landlord is an extremely challenging job - especially during these challenging times. Many people are unable or unwilling to make their rent payments on time. When landlords take the legal steps needed to evict tenants who do not pay, they can find themselves involved in a contentious, complicated legal dispute. Every landlord must fully understand his or her rights and responsibilities. However, even the most knowledgeable landlord can find himself or herself involved in a dispute. If you are experiencing a landlord-tenant problem, contact a real estate lawyer for help.

Illinois Landlord and Tenant Laws

Both tenants and landlords are protected by Illinois state and federal laws. As a landlord, it is crucial that you understand what to expect from tenants as well as what your tenants expect of you. The best way to avoid tenant problems is to provide a detailed written lease that describes both parties’ expectations. However, this is not always enough to ensure that tenants comply with the terms of the lease.

Landlords have important rights, including the right to make reasonable rules regarding the use of the property, the right to charge late fees, and the right to terminate the lease with the appropriate notice. Sometimes, landlords are forced to evict tenants. Evicting someone requires a lawsuit. Landlords cannot simply change the locks or turn off the tenant’s electricity to make him or her leave.

Eviction Process for Landlords

Landlords have the right to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent or certain lease violations. However, they must follow certain procedures to do so legally. You must provide written notice and state the grounds for the eviction. Landlords are never allowed to physically remove a landlord from the property using force. Remember, the burden of proof in any eviction proceeding is on the landlord or property owner. If you are a landlord and you wish to evict your tenant, a real estate lawyer experienced in landlord representation can help.

Contact a Wheaton Real Estate Lawyer for Help

If you are experiencing a complicated tenant-landlord issue, the skilled DuPage County real estate attorneys at Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC can provide the legal support you need. Do not wait until the situation escalates to address the problem. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in a range of real estate matters. We can help you take the steps needed to resolve the problem in the most efficient way possible. If needed, we are prepared to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf during litigation.

Call us at 630-665-2500 and set up a confidential consultation to learn more.

Source:

https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/landlordtenantrights0404.pdf?source=post_page


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