Our model Chicago apartment lease is a great starting point for most residential leasing transactions in the city, and it's yours to use for free!
Always conduct due diligence on a prospective tenant before tendering a lease. This form is a great place to start in evaluating the risks posed by an applicant.
If you're renting out an apartment that was built before 1978, federal law requires you to make a lead-based paint disclosure to prospective tenants. This form will do the trick.
Chicago landlords with dwelling units governed by the CRLTO are required to provide prospective tenants with an official summary of the local laws governing security deposits, even if a security deposit is not taken.
Chicago landlords with dwelling units governed by the CRLTO are required to provide prospective tenants a summary of the local Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance at the inception of every lease and upon each renewal.
Chicago landlords are required to supply tenants with an estimate of the annual heating costs. This form can be used to obtain the information from the utility company.
Chicago landlords are required to provide a receipt for any security deposit, and the receipt must contain specific disclosures. This form, properly completed, will comply with governing law.
This form is an ideal way to obtain information from a prospective tenant's prior landlords. If a tenant poses a default risk or has a history of creating disturbances, you'll want to know that before you approve the application.
Landlords are required to disclose known radon hazards to tenants renting apartments on the first or second story above ground level. This form will do the trick.
All landlords governed by the CRLTO are required to provide tenants with a bed bug informational brochure upon all lease signings and renewals.
To corroborate any future claims of damage to an apartment, landlords should consider completing a premises inspection form in the presence of the tenant both at the inception and at the conclusion of the lease.
A landlord may not take legal steps to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent unless it first serves the tenant with a properly-completed "five-day notice."