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Tenants' Rights

Who We Help

Our tenants' rights work helps renters with landlord-tenant issues who live within the 60613, 60625, 60626, 60640, and 60660 zip codes, and/or are formerly incarcerated. That work focuses on people in public housing, project-based Section 8 housing, and the Chicago Housing Authority’s voucher program, who have issues such as illegal evictions and poor apartment conditions. 

Due to capacity restraints, UPLC has pulled back our intake parameters on eviction related housing issues to include individuals whose cases arose in the 60613, 60625, 60626, 60640, and 60660 zip codes or whose housing instability is directly related to criminal legal involvement (for example eviction based upon mental health related challenges that are a result from an extended incarceration). We are currently only performing intakes for individuals who have received a for cause (10-day or 30-day) notice to terminate or whose case (not non-payment of rent) is currently in court. We will also schedule an intake for an individual who may have experienced/is experiencing an illegal lockout. 

We continue to have open intakes for individuals who were denied housing due to their arrest or conviction records in violation of the Just Housing Amendment. 

How We Help

Our staff assists low-income clients in fighting unwarranted evictions and recovering security deposits. We also work with tenants whose landlord has allowed the building to fall into disrepair. Our advocacy includes educating people of their rights under the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. 

For additional information on our services, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or give us a call at 773-769-1411. Please note that UPLC does not represent individuals in criminal cases.

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