Illinois Residential Landlord-Tenant Law: From Lease to Eviction

(155 Ratings)

Produced on: May 12, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 92 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Whether you are (or represent) a landlord, tenant or potentially both at some point, it is important to have an in-depth understanding of this highly-regulated industry. There are a variety of local, state, and federal laws which govern the landlord-tenant relationship, and it is imperative that both landlords and tenants are aware of the various regulations from the onset of the lease agreement, through what all parties hope to ultimately avoid, potential litigation.  

This seminar, presented by Katherine Rehan, will address what landlords must include in their lease agreements, how the landlord must comply with local ordinances, a tenant’s rights under the ordinances, and defaults and evictions in lease agreements. In addition, this seminar will address the stricter penalties that are imposed in the City of Chicago’s notoriously tenant-friendly Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, and how it differs from the Illinois Landlord Tenant Act. It is imperative that both landlords and tenants understand the law as it pertains to their lease agreement to prevent jeopardizing the landlord-tenant relationship, and to avoid unnecessary costs and litigation.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the obligations of a landlord to its tenants under the lease agreement and through the entire tenancy
  2. Introduce a framework for understanding the differences between the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance and the state-wide Illinois Landlord Tenant Act
  3. Discuss the requirements imposed on landlords who opt to collect security deposits
  4. Gain perspective on how to handle landlord-tenant disputes and how to avoid them by understanding the law as it applies to both landlords and tenants
  5. Review recent cases studies with recent interpretations of the ordinances related to landlord-tenant relationships


Katherine Rehan

Katherine A. Rehan is an associate attorney for The Law Office of Douglas R. Johnson, P.C., where she practices in the areas of real estate, landlord tenant, commercial and civil litigation. As a litigator, she represents financial institutions, medical providers, individuals and corporations in a wide range of civil disputes, including collection litigation, contract litigation, banking litigation, landlord/tenant disputes and construction litigation.  

Katherine has extensive experience litigating collection matters, breach of contract, mortgage foreclosures, business disputes and landlord tenant litigation. 

Practice areas:

  • Commercial and civil litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Landlord/Tenant Litigation
  • Creditors Rights
  • Business formation


  • JD, 2009, Valparaiso University School of Law
  • B.A., 2007, University of Iowa

Bar Admissions:

  • IllinoisNorthern
  • District Court of Illinois


  • Nominated as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017


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