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In this article, we will explore housing discrimination laws in Illinois based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We will answer the question: “can a landlord deny a tenant based on sexual orientation?” We will also discuss legal protections from housing discrimination in Illinois and how to prove housing discrimination in Illinois.
What are the laws for Chicago Security Deposits? In this article, we explain the unique laws around Chicago Security Deposits and how they can affect Tenants/Landlord disputes.
In this article, we will explain the Chicago Security Deposit laws and how they may differ from laws in other areas. For more on security deposits, see our article “can my landlord keep my security deposit?”
In this article, we will explain how to evict a roommate in Illinois and discuss Illinois roommate eviction laws. We will answer the question, “do I have to add roommates to my lease in Illinois?” We will explain how to evict a roommate who is not on the lease in Illinois as well as how to evict a roommate who is on the lease.
In this article, we will discuss “how much notice do you have to give a tenant to move out?” We will talk about when and how to notice a tenant as well as what situations can arise where they must move out faster. For more on Tenant and Landlord law, you can read our article, Illinois Tenant Rights Explained.
In this article, we explain Illinois security deposit laws and answer the question, “what are an Illinois landlord’s security deposit obligations?"
In this article we will Illinois explain evictions when there is no lease. We will answer the question, “what is a lease?” We will explain the Illinois eviction process as well as evicting without a lease.
In many commercial leases, tenants are required to pay a share of taxes, utilities, and common area maintenance charges ("CAM"). The tenant's share will typically be proportional to the amount of space leased by the tenant relative to the total rentable space of the building. This "additional rent" will fluctuate from year to year. It is not uncommon for landlords to overcharge their tenants for CAM. This is referred to as Common Area Maintenance Fraud.
If the tenant believes this is occurring, their best option is to audit the Landlord's expenses to ensure that all of the CAM paid by tenants is going toward actual expenses and that those expenses are for vendors and market value, rather than inflated prices.
However, unless the lease provides a right to an audit, the landlord is not required to allow one. In this case, the best option for the tenant is to rely on the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the lease, or the fiduciary duty of the landlord (in the case where the Tenant prepays CAM before expenses are calculated) to obtain an accounting for expenses. However, in the absence of a right to audit in the lease, the landlord may provide evidence of its expenses by any reasonable manner that it selects. This means that the landlord can provide a simple list of its expenses, and the tenant will not be permitted to investigate further.
Therefore, in order to protect yourself against common area maintenance fraud, it is important that your commercial lease include a right to audit the landlord's records.
If you are renting property and would like to evict one of your tenants for non-payment of rent or for any other reason, you and your lawyer will be required to follow these steps:
Most apartment tenants have a horror story or two: busted pipes, leaks, mold, infestation, horrible neighbors, etc.–and many of these apartment tenants probably did nothing about these horror stories, believing that their only remedy was moving out. Historically this was the case, but today tenants have a variety of rights to ensure that they live in peace and comfort.Implied in every lease is an implied warranty of habitability, which requires that the apartment be maintained in a livable condition by the landlord. Working pipes, plumbing, heat, removal of insects and rodents, and keeping the premises within the housing code are the some of the basic requirements of this warranty.