Rights before moving in

Illinois and Federal law require that landlords and homeowners tell prospective tenants and buyers about any known lead hazards before they agree to rent or buy the property. This law only applies to houses built before 1978. This law does not require homeowners or landlords to inspect the property, only to provide educational materials and a disclosure form that states that lead hazards may exist and where known, do exist.

Regardless of the existence of lead hazards, property owners are required by that same law to provide a purchaser or lessee with a lead hazard information pamphlet. In most cases this will be the EPA pamphlet, Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home (June 2003).

In Chicago, landlords also must provide tenants with a written summary of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. The law requires landlords or their agents to tell their tenants in writing if the unit they live in or are considering renting violated any Chicago housing codes within the past year. This notification must happen before any lease or lease renewal is signed.

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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
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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