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Comparison Table of Various Security Deposit Laws

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Municipalities other than Chicago:
There is more to life than Chicago!  A number of other municipalities have laws regulating the rights and duties of landlords and tenants.  

The City of Evanston Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance
was enacted "in order to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens, to establish rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant in the rental of dwelling units and to encourage the landlord and the tenant to maintain and improve the quality of housing".  The scope of the ordinance is more broad than the Chicago ordinance.  Security deposits are governed by Section 5-3-5-1 of the Ordinance.  Like Chicago, the penalty for violating the security deposit requirements is two times the amount of the deposit plus reasonable attorney fees.

Click here for the Evanston landlord tenant ordinance
Click here for the Evanston Model Lease Agreement

Mount Propect
The Village of Mt. Prospect enacted Article XVIII Residential Landlord Tenant Regulations of the Village Code to govern the relationships of most landlords and tenants throughout the Village of Mt. Prospect.  Like Evanston's ordinance, the application of the law is more broad than Chicago's ordinance.

Click here for the Mt. Prospect tenant's rights summary
Click here for Mt. Prospect tips for tenants
Click here for Mt. Prospect guide to apartment maintenance

Oak Park
The Village of Oak Park has landlord tenant regulations that are a bit different from other local municipalities.  Covered renters must agree to pay a security deposit of at least one month's rent and there are no requirements to segregate the deposit.  

click here for the Oak Park tenant's handbook
click here for the Oak Park landlord's handbook


The above list is by no means complete.  In addition, some municipalities that have not enacted a specific landlord tenant ordinance may have various provisions of the municipal code that affect the landlord tenant relationship. Always check with your local municipality to know your rights and obligations.

Have an issue?
If you believe your landlord has violated the obligation to make a timely return of your deposit or to pay interest on your deposit, please feel free to telephone us at 773-399-1122 to see if we are a match to represent you. While we do not provide "legal advice" over the telephone, we do handle in-office consultations at a rate of $265 per hour, and we are always glad to spend some time (five to ten minutes) on the telephone to determine if you have a situation where we can help.

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