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LCBH provides FREE legal services to renters to help solve serious housing issues.

a trusted advocate by your side
Are you a Chicago renter experiencing:
  • Eviction
  • A building foreclosure
  • Housing discrimination
  • Unsafe apartment conditions, such as bed bugs, mold or lead paint
  • An unresponsive landlord
  • Utility shut-off by your landlord
  • Issues with your landlord requiring the help of an attorney
Our staff can protect your rights and will work with you to reach the best solution for your situation in terms that you understand.

Each year more than 20,000 people are evicted from their homes in Chicago. Tens of thousands more experience problems with the conditions in their homes or with disputes over security deposits. There are not nearly enough legal aid or pro bono lawyers to help every low-income tenant who encounters these issues. So how do we help these renters diagnose their legal issues, understand their rights, and choose the best option for solving their problem?

Enter: Rentervention.

Are you being forced from your home? Is your living situation putting you in danger? Are the conditions of your apartment an immediate risk to your health or safety? Emergency situations in housing do arise and you may need to take action before you are able to consult with an attorney or advocate.

Understanding Your Lease

A lease is a contract containing promises between you and the landlord. There are two types: a written lease and a spoken or oral agreement. Both are recognized by the courts and can be legally binding. Understanding what you are agreeing to when signing a lease or what you are agreeing to orally with your landlord is very important.

Our Renters’ Resource Guide was created to assist renters in understanding the legal remedies available under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. The remedies provided in the ordinance were designed and intended for use by non-lawyers, but if you are involved in a lawsuit as a result of a landlord dispute, you should consult an attorney immediately.

Knowledge is power! The more you know about your rights and responsibilities, the sooner you can recognize a potential problem and take appropriate action.

In an effort to provide comprehensive information on renters' rights and renters' issues, LCBH has assembled an ever growing collection of resources