(765 ILCS 742/) Residential Tenants' Right to Repair Act.
(765 ILCS 742/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited asthe Residential Tenants' Right to Repair Act.(Source: P.A. 93-891, eff. 1-1-05.)(765 ILCS 742/5)
Sec. 5. Repair; deduction from rent. If a repairis required under a residential lease agreement orrequired under a law, administrative rule, or localordinance or regulation, and the reasonable cost ofthe repair does not exceed the lesser of $500 orone-half of the monthly rent, the tenant may notifythe landlord in writing by registered or certifiedmail or other restricted delivery service to theaddress of the landlord or an agent of the landlordas indicated on the lease agreement; if an addressis not listed, the tenant may send notice to thelandlord's last known address of the tenant'sintention to have the repair made at the landlord'sexpense. If the landlord fails to make the repairwithin 14 days after being notified by the tenant asprovided above or more promptly as conditionsrequire in the case of an emergency, the tenant mayhave the repair made in a workmanlike manner and incompliance with the appropriate law, administrativerule, or local ordinance or regulation. Emergenciesinclude conditions that will cause irreparable harmto the apartment or any fixture attached to theapartment if not immediately repaired or anycondition that poses an immediate threat to thehealth or safety of any occupant of the dwelling orany common area. After submitting to the landlord apaid bill from an appropriate tradesman or supplierunrelated to the tenant, the tenant may deduct fromhis or her rent the amount of the bill, not toexceed the limits specified by this Section and notto exceed the reasonable price then customarilycharged for the repair. If not clearly indicated onthe bill submitted by the tenant, the tenant shallalso provide to the landlord in writing, at the timeof the submission of the bill, the name, address,and telephone number for the tradesman or supplier