Landlord used city lease form for suburban rental, is he bound by RLTO?
September 16, 2013 12:46 PM Subscribe
We rented a house in Skokie, and the landlord used an office-supply-store-pre-printed lease form for the city. It included a copy of the Chicago RLTO
as part of the form. Understanding that YANML, does this incorporate the requirements of the RLTO into the terms of the lease? If so, he'd be required to submit receipts meet deadlines for the return of the deposit. Or is he only bound by State Law (which for a single-family home, seems to require bupkus). He only returned half of our security deposit. Is it worth fighting for the other half ($600)? If I accept and deposit the $600 he sent, am I hurting my chances of getting the rest?
posted by Morydd to law & government (5 answers total)
We rented a single-family home a bit over a year ago. The landlord notified us that he didn't intend to renew the lease because he wanted to sell the property. We attempted to buy the property, but due to bank errors were unable to secure financing before the mortgage contingency date. The next day, he gave us 30 days notice. (Despite our lawyer's interpretation that our lease remained month-to-month so we should've had till the 31st of August to vacate, we agreed to 30 days from the notice or August 16th to vacate.) On August 17th, a representative of the owner came and did a walk through with us and didn't mention any issues with the condition. We (stupidly) didn't get anything signed at this point. Tuesday of last week, the owner sent us a message telling us that the house smelled of cat urine and he was going to have to replace the carpet and had "already spent $300" trying to clean the carpet. At no point did our cat pee on the carpet, and we steam cleaned the carpet before we left. We believe that he is trying to use our money to improve the house for sale. (He does things on the super-cheap regularly and a friend who still lives on the block noticed scraps from cheap wood laminate flooring in the alley by the garbage cans. The house had carpet and crappy vinyl flooring when we were in it.)