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Geneva Landlord Tenant Issues Attorneys

Landlord Tenant Issues

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Geneva, IL Landlord Tenant Issues Lawyers

Kane County Attorneys Handling Landlord Tenant Issues

The relationship between a landlord and their tenant can be a mutually beneficial one in which everyone thrives. However, when issues arise, that relationship can quickly become tense and strained. In some cases, those issues cannot be easily resolved between the landlord and tenant or tenants directly, and legal representation is required.

At Serrano Low & Hanson, we know how easy it is for a simple misunderstanding to become a major headache. Our attorneys will help you resolve your landlord tenant issue as simply and smoothly as possible so you can move on with your life.

Landlord Obligations

Under Illinois laws, landlords have specific obligations to their tenants. They are required to keep the unit up to all applicable state and local health and housing codes. Any required repairs need to be made in a timely manner. Additionally, it is up to the landlord to determine how much rent is charged, any security deposit requirements, any late-fee policies, and to make rules and regulations within reason.

Tenant Rights

Just as the landlord has certain rights and responsibilities, a tenant should be aware of their obligations in this relationship. Among other things, tenants are responsible for paying the rent on time and as agreed, repairing any damages that go beyond normal wear and tear, paying utilities as agreed, requesting permission to alter the unit, and giving adequate notice before moving.


In some cases, the tenant fails to fulfill their obligations to their landlord. When this happens, the landlord can choose to evict their tenant. Under Illinois statutes, the only way a landlord is allowed to evict a tenant is through legal proceedings. They must file a formal lawsuit in order to compel the tenant to leave the premises. Once that lawsuit is filed, the landlord is required to give the tenant a certain grace period before the eviction will be enforced by the authorities:

  • If the tenant has not paid the rent, the landlord must give them five days to make that payment before they can be evicted; and
  • If the tenant has broken another part of the lease, the landlord must give the tenant ten days to leave the property.

In either case, the landlord is not allowed to enforce the eviction himself or herself. Only the legal authorities can physically demand that the tenant leaves.

The laws regarding landlord and tenant issues in Illinois are highly specific and can be very confusing. At Serrano Low & Hanson, we strive to make the law accessible and easily understood to all of our clients. All of our lead attorneys speak Spanish, allowing us to translate when necessary so our clients fully understand the legal proceedings. If you need help with a landlord tenant issue in Illinois, contact us at 630-844-8781 today. Serrano Low & Hanson provides representation to clients throughout Kane, Kendall, DeKalb and DuPage Counties including Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, South Elgin, and Campton Hills.

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  • Kane County Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Dekalb Bar Association

"I have one word the say about Lidia Serrano; EXCELLENT. With all the stress and legal terminology involved in my Real Estate transaction , I am fortunate to have Ms. Serrano representing me. She makes sure I understand everything she is explaining to me. She responds quickly and makes me feel like I have known her for years. I will definitely recommend her to family and friends. Alma, a Real Estate client Lidia is very honest and knowledgeable. She informs a client of what is happening every step of the way. If she is unsure of something, she will research and get back to a client with her findings. Lidia is also fluent in Spanish, which is a very good skill to have these days. She helped me and my husband in numerous transactions throughout the years. She has always kept us informed. We trust her and know she would not lead us in the wrong direction. I would definitely recommend her as an attorney."