80, par. 1. Illinois Compiled Statutes Table of Contents. If landlord fails to act, tenant may either terminate the lease, have the damages repaired by outside contractors or by tenant himself and deduct the cost of repairs from the next month’s rent, or withhold rent until landlord repairs the damage. Anything from chipping paint to stagnant water might actually be your landlord's responsibility to fix, and if you make the request carefully they need to address your concerns within two weeks according to the Illinois Residential Tenants' Right to Repair Act and the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. (765 ILCS 742) Landlord Allow to Recover Court and Attorney’s Fees: Yes; Landlord Must Make a Reasonable Attempt to Mitigate Damages to Lessee, including an Attempt to Rerent: Yes (735 ILCS 5/9-213.1) Notices and Entry: 80, par. Tenant Allowed to Repair and Deduct Rent: Yes, but the cost of repairs must not exceed one-half of the rent or $500. State law regulates several rent-related issues, including the amount of notice (at least 30 days in Illinois) landlords must give tenants to raise the rent and how much time (five days in Illinois) a tenant has to pay rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction. The Residential Tenant’s Right to Repair Act (765 ILCS 742/1 - 742/30) enables tenants under certain circumstances to use rent money to pay for repairs that are required by law or by the lease if the landlord fails to perform the repairs within 14 days (except in emergencies) after receiving notice by … According to the Illinois Residential Tenants’ Right to Repair Act, a landlord must make the repair within 14 days after being notified by the tenant. Repair; deduction from rent. Thankfully, there are many federal, state, and local laws designed to govern the landlord-tenant relationship, in addition to the terms of your rental contract.Read on to learn more about Illinois tenant rights laws and how they can help you. 2013 Illinois Compiled Statutes Chapter 765 - PROPERTY 765 ILCS 705/ - Landlord and Tenant Act. 5. Liability exemptions. 91) Sec. (765 ILCS 705/1) (from Ch. (765 ILCS 705/0.01) (from Ch. Illinois Compiled Statutes Table of Contents. State law in Illinois allows you to make repairs and deduct the cost from your rent, as long as it's less than $500 or half a month's rent (whichever is lower).But if the issue with your rental is really serious, there's a good chance a repair would cost more than that. In addition, if your landlord ever promised you a repair, either in writing or by talking with you, you may be able to hold your landlord to that promise. Lastly, state and local building codes, as well as state landlord-tenant laws may require your landlord to make repairs that would otherwise be a repair left to the landlord's discretion. 90) Sec. (765 ILCS 742/5) Sec. 0.01. From Chicago to Carbondale, renters in Illinois are familiar with the wide array of issues that can arise during a given tenancy.