Summary of the CRLTO

Before the commencement of any written or oral lease, and upon each and every renewal, landlords with dwelling units governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (the CRLTO) are required to provide their tenants with a summary of the ordinance itself. The Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Economic Development prepares an official city-approved summary. Most traditional dwelling units in the city are governed by the CRLTO, although the most common exemption is owner-occupied buildings of six units or less. (The types of dwelling units exempted from the CRLTO are identified in Chapter 5, Section 12-020, of the Chicago Municipal Code.)