Chicago Heat Ordinance


The Department of buildings enforces the Chicago Building Code, which includes the Chicago Heat Ordinance.  The Heat Ordinance mandates that during cold weather months landlords supply heat to rental units or to any unit where owners do not have individual control of the heat.


From September 15th through June 1st, the temperature inside a rental residence is required to be at least 68 degrees from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and at least 66 degrees from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.


Landlords face fines of up to $500 per day, per violation, for each day they do not supply adequate heat.  The reason for lack of heat does not matter. Landlords must follow the law and apartments must be heated.


Multiple Dwelling Registration No Longer Required


As part of a larger effort to streamline processes at the Chicago Department of Buildings, building owners and property managers are no longer required to submit building registrations for multiple dwellings as of September 6, 2017. With new technologies available, the forms are not necessary to collect ownership information.


Take the time to make sure your building is ready for these two changes. If you are a landlord or property manager in Chicago or the surrounding Illinois suburbs need legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office by calling 855-537-0500 or visiting Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit online at

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