Chicago Apartment Lease

Chicago Apartment Lease

We are pleased to offer, completely free of charge, our Chicago apartment lease. We’ve seen more than our share of leases over here, and, quite frankly, we’re appalled at some of the forms being used by even sophisticated industry players. We can only assume that people stopped reading these things long ago, other than checking the term and the scheduled rent. So, if you’ll kindly appease us by reading this brief and enlightening preface, including the terms and conditions that follow, we’ll be honored to offer our Chicago lease to you, free of charge. A lease is an important legal transaction, so we want to make you aware of a few things before you get started.

First, the domu apartment lease was developed exclusively for use in the City of Chicago, where most rentals are governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (the “ordinance”). Although the lease was written in a spirit of compliance with the ordinance, owner-occupied buildings of six units or less are exempt and may therefore impose more restrictive terms upon tenants. No great harm will befall the exempt landlords who choose to accept the boundaries imposed by the ordinance, but they should certainly consider making appropriate additions or deletions with advice from legal counsel.

Second, the domu lease is generic. It was developed to cover all residential property types. It invites, but does not require, customization. For example, landlords renting single-family homes should be aware that the lease contains occasional references to common areas. Again, with assistance from counsel, you should strongly consider making the necessary adjustments.

Finally, and most importantly, we at domu are litigation averse. We enjoy a gripping courtroom drama, but only during prime time. So if you still want a free copy of the domu Chicago residential apartment lease (the ”lease”), you’ll have to humor us by acknowledging and agreeing to the following points, terms, and conditions:

  1. Domu is not providing, nor purporting to provide, any legal advice to anyone in the world, yourself included, at any time. Domu is not a law firm, and domu does not represent you. Domu advises you to consult with a licensed attorney before using this lease.
  2. You understand that this lease was developed for use in the City of Chicago and covers all residential property types, and you acknowledge that the lease is not tailored to meet any particular or peculiar needs.
  3. This lease is made available to you on an “as is” basis, and you use the lease at your own risk. Domu expressly disclaims any warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any warranty regarding the suitability of this lease or its adequacy for protecting your interests. You agree that domu shall not be liable for any errors or omissions allegedly contained in the lease or for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, or exemplary damages. In other words, if the lease damages you in any way, you will have no legal recourse against domu.
  4. By using this lease, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless, domu, its members, managers, agents, and employees, from and against any and all liability, loss, cost, or expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising from or relating to any claim that the lease was faulty or deficient in any respect.
  5. Domu extends you a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, and non-exclusive license to use this lease in connection with the rental of a Chicago apartment. Subject to the foregoing license, domu reserves all copyright interests in the lease, and any modification, reproduction, redistribution, retransmission, reposting, or other appropriation or use of the content of the lease inconsistent with governing copyright laws and treaties is strictly prohibited.
  6. You may not alter, obscure, modify, or remove any domu trademarks or logos from the lease.