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Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance

Posted by Jessica on December 4, 2008

It seems to me that lots of people who stumble upon our website do so during searches for information on City of Chicago laws governing landlord/tenant agreements and bed bugs. And since we’re talking about the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance over on our Discuss page anyway, I thought it might be helpful for everyone if I go ahead and post Chapter 5-12.  Well, maybe only the parts we’re all most interested in…

So here’s section 5-12-070:

5-12-070. Landlord’s Responsibility to Maintain

see also 5-12-110

The landlord shall maintain the premises in compliance with all applicable provisions of the municipal code and shall promptly make any and all repairs necessary to fulfill this obligation.

And here’s section 5-12-110:

5-12-110. Tenant Remedies

In addition to any remedies provided under federal law, a tenant shall have the remedies specified in this section under the circumstances herein set forth. For the purposes of this section, material noncompliance with Section 5-12-070 shall include, but is not limited to, any of the following circumstances:

  • failure to exterminate insects, rodents, or pests

Okay, I cut out a whole bunch of “failure-tos” there, but you get the drift, right?

So, Chicago landlords, do you think it might be a good idea to get together with some pest management professionals and maybe some bed bug experts (entomologists) and perhaps even your city officials to talk about getting some help to deal with bed bug infestations now?  I hope so.


2 Responses to “Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance”

  1. David said

    *Founder’s note (12/06/08 4:17 PM): This post has been edited to remove a link to a product website that could be construed as advertising without permission. Please contact the founder if you have questions about advertising products and/or services on our website.

    Hello everyone:
    I have been reading with interest your well organized efforts to get a grass roots effort going to eradicate the bed bug problem in your area. Having worked in hotels for 15 years, I understand what a nuisance it is, which is why I have tried to find a solution because it is a problem that is growing and not just in hotels. My company has exclusive rights to distribute an FDA approved patented product that eliminates bed bugs and their eggs. I won’t get into all the benefits but the main ones are this product is non-toxic, non-poisonous, and non-chemical so no danger to anyone. It is also administered by the landlord’s maintenance person so no delays in calling a pest control company and it can be used immediately. We offer on-line training and the cost is very reasonable.

    I would be very happy to discuss our product further with your group. While I know the pest control companies have been the primary method of eradication, they use chemicals and not only do these chemicals have poison and toxins, they do not get rid of the bed bugs in the first treatment. [Link removed] Thank you for your interest.


  2. Jessica said

    Hi David,

    I remember first reading about this product a couple years ago in this post by Nobugsonme on

    It definitely sounds interesting, and I’d like to learn more about it and your company. Feel free to email me directly at jessica_kevan at yahoo dot com if you’d like to discuss an interview or some other relationship between our organization and your company.

    We’re most interested in advocating good bed bug policy in the City of Chicago here at Chicago vs. Bed Bugs. If there’s any way our organization and your company can work together to further this mission, I’m all for it.

    I do caution you to refrain from advertising your product or your company on this website without my explicit permission. Not that you were thinking about doing that or anything. Just in case, you know…



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