Take Action: Oppose Cook County's Proposed RTLO | Chicago Association of REALTORS®

We need you to take immediate, quick action to avoid negative restrictions and requirements for housing providers.

TAKE ONE MINUTE TO TELL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS YOU OPPOSE THE PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL TENANT LANDLORD ORDINANCE (RTLO).

Two members of the Cook County Board have introduced a Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance (RTLO), which regulates the relationship between the tenant and landlord. This proposal’s provisions grant a host of new rights and remedies to tenants, and it imposes several new responsibilities and duties on landlords, including:

  • Limits on late rental fee payments to $10 per month.
  • Disclosure to prospective tenants of utility costs for the previous 12 months.
  • Additional habitability requirements, beyond building city code requirements.
  • Tenant “right to cure” non-payment of rent before judge orders eviction.
  • Landlord storage of tenant’s personal items if the tenant vacates a unit.
  • Non-lease renewal notice of 90 days.
  • Landlord disclosure of code violations to prospective tenants for the previous 12 months.
  • Prohibiting charges of other “fees,” such as move-in fees.

View our RTLO issue summary here.

Several municipalities in and around Cook County already regulate rental properties through pre-rental occupancy inspections, crime-free ordinances and landlord licensure. Now, on top of these existing laws, the County wants to regulate leases and your relationship with your tenant.

Landlords have worked with tenants on payment plans and reduced fees, amongst other measures, and the eviction moratorium has severely limited landlords’ ability to enforce agreed-upon lease terms, and many landlords are worried about foreclosure and debt payments as a result of the pandemic.

HOW CAN I TAKE ACTION?

We’ve made it easy for you. Click here to send a note to your elected officials and tell them why you oppose the RTLO.

By doing so, you are standing up for Cook County and protecting our industry. Don’t wait!

Take Action Now!