The New Chicago Rulings Protecting Tenants

Landlords can no longer unjustly withhold tenant’s rental deposits due to a new and stricter set of guidelines protecting renters in the Chicago area. Landlords are now being made to stop such refusals to pay back deposits to its tenants.

The reputable law offices of Mark Silverman offers renters a lot of experience dealing with Chicago tenant disputes. The security deposit lawyer Silverman has been taking on landlords for over five years. Mark is assisted by Bharinee, who speaks both fluent Thai and English. In addition to breaking a lease in chicago we offer; premises liability, workers compensation as well as declaratory judgment actions and contract litigation. Premises liability involves accidents and damages occurring at the rented premises.

Recent cases fighting for tenants have brought about new rules for landlords seeking to file a counter-claim against a tenant. The stricter standards make landlords more accountable for tenants security deposits and their return. Some of these recent abuses include the landlord’s refusal to return the deposit to a tenant who moved out on time but returned the keys days later. The landlord claimed the tenant was still a tenant after having completely moved out because they had the keys. In such a case a new 2012 Illinois appellate court orders in favor of ur client. The landlord was ordered to send the deposit to the tenant as agreed in the rental contract. Furthermore it states the tenant’s security deposit is not included in the two-times-deposit awarded to the tenant for violation of the ordinance.

This information is ground breaking for anyone renting in the Chicago or Evanston area. Landlords keeping security deposits not owed to them can no longer do so unless they have valid proof of a rental violation. The list of cases includes one in which an entire month’s rent paid extra and upfront was kept by the landlord claiming the renter or tenant moved out a few days late. Landlords can no longer keep an entire month’s rent for a few days extension. It is up to you the renter to team up with law offices like ours to protect your rights. Mark will be happy to take your case. His firm has resolved over 50 matters and taken as much as 10 cases to the appellate court for renters just like you. These cases were for renters in the Evanston Chicago area and resulted in many important decisions now helping protect tenants state wide.