Tenant Advice

February 15, 2016

How to Break an Apartment Lease in Chicago

When tenants enter into a lease, they seldom expect to move before the end of its term. Unfortunately, life circumstances or poor landlord-tenant relationships occasionally necessitate moving before a lease ends. The consequences of breaking a lease without legal grounds often catch tenants by surprise. This post will address the consequences of breaking a lease without legal grounds and some alternatives to breaking a lease.* Terminating a lease for conditions affecting the habitability of the apartment and other landlord violations of state and local law will be addressed in a future...

This isn’t your first apartment. You’ve signed your share of leases by now. And you hope that this time, you’ll stay another year when the lease expires. The days of futons, poster putty, and decorating the tops of cabinets with empty bottles are behind you. So how do you begin your quest to turn your apartment into your first adult home?

We spoke to Chicago designer Paul Schulman, named best custom furniture maker by Chicago Magazine in 2007. Schulman offers a few tips on how to strategically furnish an apartment with meaningful pieces that you’ll want to keep for years to...

Chilly temperatures have officially returned to Chicago, and the ten-day forecast indicates that they are here to stay. It’s predicted that today’s peak afternoon readings will rank as the chilliest November 14th highs in thirty years. With the drop in temperatures, we’d like to remind Chicago renters that their landlords are required by law to provide ample heat. 

The rules governing the provision of heat to Chicago apartments can be found in the Chicago Municipal Code. Minimum temperature requirements for a unit that has its own separate furnace differ from the requirements for...

Moving is expensive. So, why add to the cost by purchasing boxes from U-Haul, UPS or the Home Depot when there are so many being tossed into trash bins throughout the city? Check out these five ways of obtaining moving boxes without dropping a penny.

1. Smaller boxes can be ordered from the United Postal Service.  Up to 25 of each size of box can be ordered and delivered free of charge. The Priority Mail large flat rate boxes are great for packing...

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