Advice For Landlords

Chicago Landlord Guide

Leasing an apartment can be complicated, but Domu makes it simple. Learn about the federal, state, and local laws that apply to the landlord-tenant relationship.

Chicago Security Deposit Guide

Read Domu's comprehensive guide to Chicago's rules about security deposits.

Disclosures Required of Landlords

Domu tells you which disclosures to make to tenants before they sign the lease. Find out what Chicago's landlord-tenant ordinance requires.

Using Photos To Attract Renters

Renters respond to listings with great photos. Use Domu's negotiated rate with these photographers to get quality photos at a good price.

Credit and Background Checks

Part-time landlord? Read about two affordable resources to check a potential tenant's credit and criminal background.

Collecting Rent Online

Would you or your tenants like to go check-free? These options might work for you.

"Move-In Fees" Upheld as Legal

Chicago's residential landlord-tenant ordinance has strict rules about security deposits. But the Illinois appellate court found that move-in fees are different and not subject to the security deposit rules.

Understanding the Eviction Process

Once you’ve obtained an order of possession in an eviction case, you need to enlist the Cook County Sheriff to do the dirty work. We explain how it works.

Threatening to Lock Out Your Tenant

Don’t take the law into your own hands by interfering with a tenant’s utilities, locking or removing windows or doors, blocking an entrance, or tampering with removing personal belongings.

Snow Removal. Who’s Responsible?

Snow removal is actually governed by state and local law, and landlords need to be aware of their obligations. We explain everything you need to know.

Landlords Must Disclose Code Violations

Chicago landlords governed by the CRLTO must disclose all known municipal code violations before offering a new or renewal lease to a prospective tenant.

Landlord Liability for Dog Bites

There are three potentially responsible parties when a dog bites a child on rented residential property. Absent special circumstances (which we explain) landlords are not held responsible.

Understanding “Section 8” Vouchers

No landlord in Cook County may refuse to rent to “Section 8” tenants based solely on their “source of income.” For landlords curious to learn more, we offer a comprehensive explanation of the housing choice voucher program.

The Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance

All Chicago landlords are required to join the fight against bed bugs by, among other things, exterminating when necessary, keeping detailed records, handing out brochures at every lease signing or renewal. We explain your legal obligations.

Inheriting Tenants at Foreclosure

If you acquired residential property at a foreclosure sale, Chicago law requires you to offer all legitimate tenants perpetually rent-controlled apartments or else pay their relocation fees.

Not Renewing a Lease?

The CRLTO requires landlords to provide tenants with 30 days' written notice of any intention not to renew an apartment lease, and failures of compliance may allow tenants to remain in place for at least 60 more days.