The City of Chicago released the final, updated version of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) Summary as reflected on their website (

This version of the Summary must be attached to all new leases and lease renewals effective immediately.

After the City of Chicago published a “draft” version of a new RLTO Summary on their website in February 2024, causing much confusion among the multi-family community, the City has confirmed that the version currently published on the City’s website is the final version and is effective immediately.

The updated RLTO summary can be found here:


Legal Requirements

The Chicago RLTO states:

“The ordinance requires that a summary copy of the ordinance be given to prospective tenants by the landlord. The summary must be attached to each written lease agreement and lease renewal, and must be given to the tenant when there is an oral rental agreement.”

Failure to comply with this requirement can result in penalties for landlords. Specifically, if a landlord does not provide the RLTO summary with the lease agreement, the tenant may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the landlord. The penalties can include:

  • Monetary Damages: The landlord will be penalized with a $100 fine and the tenant may also be entitled to recover actual damages and attorney’s fees.
  • Right to Terminate Lease: Non-compliance with the City of Chicago requirement to provide the RLTO summary might give the tenant the right to terminate the lease agreement prematurely without penalty under certain circumstances.

It is essential for both Chicago landlords and rental property managers to understand their rights and obligations under the RLTO to avoid legal disputes and ensure a fair and lawful rental process.

Contact our law firm if you have questions about the RLTO, this updated RLTO summary, or other landlord/tenant legal questions.

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What is the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance?

The Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) is a set of municipal codes that govern the rental agreements between landlords and tenants in the City of Chicago.

The RLTO outlines the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, covering aspects such as security deposits, lease agreements, rent increases, repairs, and privacy. The ordinance is specifically applicable to residential rental agreements within the city limits of Chicago.

As noted on the City of Chicago website ( “The ordinance covers most rental properties located in Chicago except units in owner-occupied buildings with six units or less; most units in hotels, motels and rooming houses; dormitories, shelters, employee’s quarters, and non-residential rental properties; and owner-occupied co-ops.”

The complete RLTO Ordinance can be found here:


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