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An Illinois Lease Agreement is a legally binding document between a Landlord and Tenant that outlines the terms under which a Tenant rents property from the Landlord.
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Illinois Lease Agreement
Illinois Landlords! Your Lease Agreement must comply with all Illinois Lease laws. This means a generic, fillable Lease won’t give you the protection you need.
Instead, you need a state-specific Lease that covers all terms of a tenancy and complies with all state laws.
With our Lease Builder Wizard, it’s EZ to create a great, Illinois Lease.
- Follow user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease
- Get State Assist tips to point out Illinois Laws as you build your Lease
- Illinois-required language, terms, and addendums are automatically included
- Just click a box to add any additional disclosures or addendums you want, for example, a Pet Addendum,Hot Tub/Pool Addendum, or a Pest Control Addendum.
- Create, review, and sign entirely online.
Pro Tip: Our Illinois Lease Agreement is GUARANTEED to comply with all Illinois state laws.
Illinois Landlord-Tenant Laws
It’s important to be familiar with all state laws as you manage a rental property. To make this EZ, here’s an overview of some key Illinois Landlord-Tenant Laws.
Keep in mind: our Illinois Lease complies with all Illinois laws and requirements. So you don’t need to worry about any of these statutes or rules as you build a Lease. Nice to have one less thing to worry about!
Ending and Renewing
Automatic renewal provisions must appear clearly and conspicuously in the lease. Best practice tip: have the tenant sign next to the renewal clause.
Month to Month Lease: Requires 30 days written notice to terminate.
Year to Year Lease: Requires 60 days written notice to terminate.
Fixed Term Lease: Unless otherwise specified within the lease, the tenant shall vacate when the rental agreement ends.
||There is no limit to the security deposit charged to the tenant so long as it is reasonable.|
Returned Payment Fee
||A returned payment fee may not exceed $25.|
||CHICAGO: The landlord may charge $10 per month as a late fee for rents under $500 and a 5% per month late fee on that part of the rent that exceeds the initial $500.|
||Landlords may require tenants to obtain rental insurance, and could make the failure to do so a breach of the lease.|
Addenda & Disclosures
||LEAD PAINT: If the leased premises was constructed prior to 1978, the landlord must provide all tenants with the Lead-Based Paint EPA Disclosure and the Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.|
Notice to Enter
||There is no requirement for the landlord to give notice. However, it is highly recommended to at least give 24 hours notice to enter the leased premises.|
Where a lease requires consent to sublease, the landlord cannot unreasonably withhold it. In Chicago, landlords shall accept a reasonable sublease proposed by the tenant without an assessment of additional fees or charges.
Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections, registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.
Don’t want to worry about making sure you comply with all of these laws? We don’t blame you!
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Illinois requires that certain disclosures be included in the Lease Agreement. Here’s an overview of the state’s required disclosures to help make every Landlord a Pro Landlord.
Pro Tip: When you use our Illinois Lease, all of these disclosures are automatically included. Makes it EZ, eh?
Carbon Monoxide Detectors:Illinois Landlords are required to provide carbon monoxide detectors within 15 feet of where a Tenant is sleeping. Information regarding carbon monoxide detectors must be included in the Lease. (Public Act 094-0741 § 10).
Concession Granted: any type of Illinois rent concessions that the Landlord offers must be mentioned in the Lease Agreement. Illinois lease laws specifically require that the words “Concession Granted” be written and at least one-half (½) inches in height on the page. If there is a concession and these guidelines aren’t followed, it’s considered a misdemeanor under Illinois law. (765 Illinois Compiled Statute 730).
Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: for any property built before 1978, Landlords must include a lead-based paint disclosure as an addendum to the Lease Agreement.
Radon Disclosure: Illinois Landlords are not required to test for radon, but if they do test for radon and find that radon exists on the premises, they are required to disclose that information to Tenants. The one exception to this disclosure requirement is rental units on the third (3rd) floor or higher in an apartment building or residential complex. Landlords should also provide Tenants with the IEMA-approved Radon Disclosure Pamphlet. (420 Illinois Compiled Statute 46).
Shared Meter: If a Tenant is required to pay some portion of the master utility, the Landlord is required to share the formula used to calculate the Tenant’s portion. (765 Illinois Compiled Statute 740).
Smoke Detectors: Landlords must provide smoke detectors throughout rental properties and provide Tenants with information about testing and maintaining smoke detectors. (425 Illinois Compiled Statute 60)
Pro Tip: When you create an Illinois Rental Agreement, our State Assist automatically includes all Illinois-required disclosures, terms, and language.
Requirements for Chicago Landlords
Chicago Landlords have some additional rules and requirements to comply with.
Note: our Illinois Lease Agreement complies with all Chicago laws!
- If Tenants are responsible for heating costs, Landlords must include a Lease Addendum About Heating Costs
- Chicago Landlords must provide Tenants with a Chicago Energy Disclosure. You can apply for that disclosure here: Chicago Application for Energy Disclosure.
- Summary of the Chicago Residential Landlord-Tenant Ordinance: this document must be attached to the Lease Agreements for some Chicago rentals.
- Chicago Landlords must comply with these late fee rules:
- The landlord may charge $10 per month as a late fee for rent under $500 and a 5% per month late fee on any portion of the rent that exceeds $500. Chicago Landlords must accept a reasonable sublease proposed by the Tenant without an assessment of additional fees or charges
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does a Lease Need to Be Notarized in Illinois?
No, Illinois lease laws do not require that an Illinois Rental Agreement be notarized. The Lease just needs to be signed by both the Landlord, the lessor, and the Tenant, the lessee.
How Many Days Notice Are Required to Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy in Illinois?
Illinois Rental laws require thirty (30) days written notice before termination of a month-to-month Lease. For Illinois Residential Rental Agreements of one year or longer, sixty (60) days written notice is required to terminate the Lease.
Can a Lease Automatically Renew in Illinois?
Yes. Illinois rental laws require that automatic renewal provisions appear clearly and conspicuously in the Lease.
Pro tip: have the Tenant sign or initial next to the renewal clause in your Illinois Rental Agreement.
What’s the Difference Between an Illinois Commercial Lease Agreement and an Illinois Residential Rental Agreement?
Both the IL Commercial Lease Agreement and the Illinois Residential Rental Agreement provide the terms under which a Tenant rents property from a Landlord. The difference is simply the type of property. A Commercial Lease is for property used by a business, while a Residential Lease is for a property that a Tenant resides, or lives, in.
You’ll need a Residential Lease whether you’re renting an apartment, condo, duplex, or single-family home. Note: there are different types of Residential Lease Agreements, including fixed-term Leases, month-to-month Leases, and short-term or vacation contracts.
Do I Need a State-Specific Lease in Illinois?
Yes. A basic or standard Lease template form won’t give you the protection you need. Even a blank Illinois Lease, like the one offered by the Illinois Association of Realtors, doesn’t thoroughly protect you.
Instead, you want a customizable, state-specific Lease that covers all terms of the occupants’ Tenancy and ensures you’re covered should problems arise with a Tenant.
Other Illinois Forms and Templates
While the Lease Agreement is the most important, we understand that it’s only one of many documents that Landlords need. That’s why we have forms for every phase of the Landlord Lifecycle.
- Rental Application:Tenant Screening is one of the most important things Landlords do! Good Tenant Screening includes a Rental Application, credit report, criminal background report, and eviction history.
- Lease Signing Tips - Rental Checklist:there are lots of things to do when you’re renting to a new Tenant. This checklist helps to make sure that you don’t overlook anything and ensures you’re ready to hand over legal possession of your property.
- Tenant Welcome Letter:customize this letter to make sure that your renters have all the info they need on Day 1!
- Rent Ledger:use this ledger to keep up with all rent payments. Pro Tip: this form provides important documentation should you ever need to collect past-due rent.
- Illinois Landlord-Tenant Laws & Rights:this is a helpful resource and makes it EZ for Illinois Landlords to comply with all state laws.
- City of Evanston Landlord-Tenant Ordinance:Evanston Landlords - this great tool covers all city ordinances and local Landlord-Tenant requirements.
- Illinois 5-Day Notice to Pay Rent:this Notice is required before eviction proceedings can be started and should be used for Tenants that have not paid rent.
- Illinois 10-Day Notice to Cure:this Notice should be used when a Tenant breaks the Lease for some reason other than nonpayment of rent. It’s a required step before filing for eviction.
Lease Agreements for Neighboring States
- Indiana Lease Agreement:meets all the Lease requirements for Indiana and Indianapolis!
- Iowa Rental Contract:simple to customize online and guaranteed to comply with all Iowa state laws.
- Kentucky Residential Lease:get unlimited access to our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
- Michigan Lease Agreement:create a complete Michigan Lease Package.
- Missouri Residential Rental Contract:our Missouri Lease complies with all state laws and all of the laws of Kansas City and St. Louis!
- Wisconsin Residential Lease Agreement:get peace of mind knowing your Lease complies with all Wisconsin and Milwaukee Lease laws!
What Makes Us the Best Resource for Landlords
Build your Illinois Residential Lease Agreement online now.
- Landlords can create and customize their Illinois Lease with our user-friendly Lease Builder Wizard.
- Both the Landlord and Tenant can review and sign the Rental Agreement online, using our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
- Once your Rental Contract is executed, it’s automatically stored with our ezCloudStorage. It’s also printable, or the Landlord may download it to keep as a PDF.
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