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Rental Resource Guide

If you are a renter experiencing difficulties paying your rent, utilities, or other home expenses, please check out the following resources below for additional support and financial assistance. 


The following organizations are able to help Chicago renters experiencing:

  • Eviction

  • A building foreclosure

  • Housing discrimination

  • Unsafe apartment conditions, such as bed bugs, mold or lead paint

  • An unresponsive landlord

  • Utility shut-off by your landlord

  • Illegal lockout of apartment

  • Issues with your landlord requiring the help of an attorney

  • Questions about security deposits

Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO)

The MTO Tenants’ Rights Hotline can be reached at 773-292-4988 on Monday through Friday, 1-5pm. Don’t have time to call? Email us at for assistance. 

Lawyer Committee for Better Housing (LCBH)

Get legal help from experts by calling LCBH at (312) 347-7600 or text "Hi" to (866) 773-6837

If you are a tenant living in a foreclosed building you can call (312) 784-3507


Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance

In Chicago, the legal rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants are covered in the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO).

Complete RLTO Ordinance

Current RLTO Summary

Illinois Legal Aid Online Assistance

All Illinois residents can find legal information and help at Illinois Legal Aid Online

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