Chicago winter months are known for below freezing temperatures and bitter cold wind chills. After being outside in the cold weather, the last thing you want to discover is your tenant does not have heat in the apartment or condominium building.


Chicago Heating Ordinance and RLTO

From September 15th through June 1st, the Chicago Heating Ordinance mandates that landlords must:

  • Maintain a temperature of 68 degrees from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm
  • Maintain a temperature of 66 degrees from 10:30 pm to 8:30 am

This applies to rental units/buildings with some exceptions.

Like electricity and running water, heat is considered an essential service that must be provided by landlords according to the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO).


Fines and violations

If the Chicago Heating Ordinance is not followed during the winter months, your tenant can report you to the City of Chicago

Landlords could face hefty fines for each violation on a daily basis if the rental unit or building does not have adequate heat.


Cook County Sheriff

Chicago landlords should also note that that the Sherriff will not execute eviction orders when:

  • the local outside temperature is at or below 15° F or
  • when extreme weather conditions pose a health and welfare threat to those being evicted, regardless of temperature.

Keep in mind, eviction cases will still be heard in court. However, enforcement of eviction orders by the Sheriff may be delayed in the event of extreme winter weather.


If you are a landlord with concerns regarding the Chicago Heating Ordinance, do not hesitate to contact our law firm by calling 855-537-0500 or visiting

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