Illinois Landlords need to be aware of 2 new laws that became effective January 1, 2012.
The first new law involves the re-keying of rentals between tenants:
Public Act 97-0470 (House Bill 1233) – – – landlord obligation to change lock prior to occupation by new tenant. Amends Illinois’ Landlord and Tenant Act to require landlords in Cook County to change the lock in order to prevent re-entry by a prior tenant. Landlord’s failure to comply will subject landlord to liability for damages suffered as a result of the theft of the new tenant’s property attributable to landlord’s failure to change the lock. Landlord’s obligation to change or re-key the lock is waived if lease delegates the installation of a new lock to the new tenant. Excludes apartment buildings with less than 5 units and the rental of space within a private home that is owner-occupied. The legislation includes no exceptions or special provisions regarding leased real property that a creditor financial institution acquires as OREO. [effective date: January 1, 2012]
The second law regards the disclosure of elevated Radon levels to all prospective tenants.