If landlord won't address a lead problem

Tenants who believe that their property owner/manager is not meeting the requirements of any of the laws discussed in this section should contact their local or state public health department or local housing authority.

Chicago Public Health Department
333 S. State Street
Room 200
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-747-9884

Illinois Public Health Department
122 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: 312-814-2608

535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: 217-782-4977

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Phone: 217-782-0403

Chicago Housing Authority
60 E. Van Buren.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-742-8500

You may also contact EPA's Regional Lead Contact for the Midwest area, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin:

Regional Lead Contact
U.S. EPA Region 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
Phone: 312-886-6003

To view lead contacts for other regions, see page 12 of EPA's Renovate Right brochure.

In addition, you may contact the Illinois Association of Realtors.

Illinois Association of Realtors
522 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-529-2600

In Chicago, all housing complaints should be reported by dialing 311. In addition, several organizations in the Chicago area are devoted to helping tenants find affordable and safe housing. For example, the Center for Conflict Resolution provides free or low cost landlord/tenant mediation through its Residential Alternatives for Dispute Resolution program. For more information, call 312-922-6464, ext. 944 or visit their website. The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) helps tenants exercise their rights. MTO operates a Renter's Hotline that can be reached at 773-292-4988.

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Additional information for…
Property owners
  • The do's and don'ts of home renovation
  • What to look for in a lead contractor
  • How to find a lead contractor
  • Required disclosures to tenants
  • Right of inspection
  • Right of notification of lead hazards
  • Notifying landlords about possible lead in homes
  • If a landlord won't address a lead hazard
Childcare providers
  • Childcare provider responsibilities
  • Educational information
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