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Update: New Eviction Moratorium Guidelines, Nov. 2020

Illinois Eviction Moratorium Update, New Executive Order 2021-01, Extending Executive Order 2020-72, as modified by Executive Order 2020-74, to February 6, 2021

As of November 13, 2020, your Landlord can proceed in a residential eviction UNLESS you are considered a "Covered Person".

Get full details and learn who is considered a "Covered Person"

Do not sign COVID-19 waiver of landlord liability

If you have already signed a lease, you cannot be required to sign a Covid-19 waiver by your landlord. There is a lack of monetary consideration for such a waiver.

In Illinois, residential landlords cannot require you to waive their negligence which may include possible actions regarding the spread of covid-19.

Contact Student Legal Service if you have questions.

If you have not yet signed a lease for Fall 2021, consider trying to add a Covid-19 Addendum to your lease

Proposed Covid-19 Addendum to leases

Some students are concerned about the possibility of the University moving to online-only instruction in the future due to COVID-19. In the event that the University does end in-person instruction in the middle of a lease term, some students would like to break their lease legally. Typically, leases do not allow for this. However, students may want to consider making it a condition to sign a lease or lease renewal that the landlord agree to sign this addendum (pdf).

Please note, your landlord is not required to sign this addendum (pdf) and may choose not to do so.

Housing Guide

Leases and COVID-19 (pdf)

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Navigating Subleasing Webinar

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This information in the field of housing and tenant rights was compiled by the Student Legal Service staff attorneys. The materials have been updated during the summer of 2014. The information is divided into three general topical sections.

This information is intended to be a general guide for student renters; it by no means addresses all landlord-tenant issues. We strongly encourage you to visit the Tenant Union at 326 Illini Union for assistance in housing matters and schedule an appointment with your Student Legal Service when you have specific legal questions regarding housing matters. While there are no perfect landlords, there are many landlords who are vastly better than others. The Tenant Union at 326 Illini Union and the Student Legal Service at 324 Illini Union can help you make an informed choice so that you do not spend your time suing the landlord and calling the City for Building Code Inspections.

Section I. Before You Move In

The steps renters should take prior to signing a lease and moving into a rental unit.

We believe that the vast majority of problems tenants have while living in a unit and upon move out can be avoided by being wise consumers before signing with any landlord.

Section I (pdf)

Section II. After You Move In

The issues which commonly face student tenants such as privacy, subletting, and noisy neighbors.

Section II (pdf)

Section III. After You Move Out

The never ending battle over landlord abuse of tenant damage deposits.

We strongly encourage you to fill out a check-in form and a check-out form retaining a copy of each as your best protection against your landlord keeping your security deposit.

Section III (pdf)