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Evicting tenants who disturb the peace

Landlords may decide to evict tenants for an array of reasons. In some cases, these evictions are financial in nature, while others may be based on a tenant's behavior. If you are involved in a dispute with your tenant and wish to evict them for disturbing the peace, it is important for you to carefully assess the details of the situation as you move forward. At Bradford Miller Law, we know how difficult these circumstances can be for landlords in Chicago and across Illinois.

If you have a tenant who is disturbing the peace on a regular basis, you may be struggling with a variety of issues. In addition to receiving complaints from neighbors, or other renters who live in the same building, you might be unsure of your rights as a landlord. Whether your tenant is playing loud music in the middle of the night or upsetting people who live nearby for other reasons that violate the law, you should not feel as if you are trapped. Unfortunately, some tenants simply refuse to cooperate and they must be held accountable for their behavior.

Disclosure rules for a house with a ghost

There are many things that must be disclosed when selling a home in Illinois, but is the presence of a ghost or other spirit one of them? This may be a question asked often in real estate transactions because many people believe their home is haunted. Some people even move due to activity in a home. However, on the other hand, there are also many people who do not believe in such phenomena, so buying a “haunted house” would not bother them.

According to Illinois Realtors, the law does not require disclosure of anything that does not affect the physical attributes of a property. So, a haunting or presence would not fall under something the law requires a realtor to disclose. However, property owners may still wish to give their realtor a heads up and let him or her know if they have a spirit in their home. In some cases, a realtor may even tell buyers just to avoid sticky situations in the future if they find out some other way.

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Illinois business owner evicted

There are different reasons why landlords have to move forward with an eviction. In Chicago, and in cities all over the state of Illinois, tenants may fail to pay rent, create a nuisance for others, or damage the property, to name but a few of the hurdles landlords may encounter. However, landlords should not have to feel hopeless and allow tenants to continuously violate the terms of the rental agreement. For landlords going through these challenges, eviction may help them move on quickly.

An Illinois business owner was recently evicted after he failed to show up in court one week earlier. The man, who was running a bar on the premises, was apparently non-compliant with the liquor license law, which required him to have a lease for one year. The bar was located in Elgin.

Common building code violations and causes

As an Illinois property owner, you likely strive to make your rental properties as comfortable, inviting and accommodating as possible for your tenants. Even the most careful property owner can sometimes unknowingly commit building code violations, however, and understanding some of the more common violations may help you recognize and address related problems before you find yourself in hot water. At Bradford Miller Law PC, we represent many clients involved in building code violation disputes, and we have considerable knowledge of what it takes to stay in or regain compliance.

Per Chicago Agent, many of today’s most commonly cited building code violations involve issues relating to general design and accessibility. Plumbing code violations are especially common in rental properties like yours, with improper notching ranking among the most common plumbing-related violations. Pipes lacking adequate support and improper or missing nail plates follow closely behind.

Moving forward when eviction becomes necessary

As a landlord, you may have a wide variety of stressful matters to deal with. However, dealing with a difficult tenant can be particularly problematic. At Bradford Miller Law, our Chicago law firm is very familiar with the different types of problems that can arise with regard to eviction. Moreover, we know that there are many reasons why evicting a tenant becomes necessary.

Unfortunately, landlords sometimes rent to tenants who fail to abide by the rental agreement. Whether a tenant refuses to pay rent or damages the property due to reckless behavior, landlords may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to handle the situation. However, landlords who are in this position should not feel trapped and should take a close look at their options immediately.

The question of subletting

When a landlord in Chicago is deliberating factors that he or she may want to include in the lease, subletting the home is a consideration that should make the list. Curbed points out that this could be a good way to keep from penalizing a good tenant who falls on hard times. It could also forestall any need for the landlords to have to go on the search for a new tenant or subtenant on their own if the current occupant is able to find someone suitable. However, there is always the risk that the subtenant may not be nearly as satisfactory, and this could cause any number of issues.

Landlordology suggests that the best way to handle the subject is through a detailed clause in the lease. Ideally, this section should include a requirement for consent from the landlord, which could go a long way toward eliminating the possibility of an upsetting surprise from a less-than-stellar occupant through the screening process.

Before you purchase real estate for rentals

Becoming a landlord in Chicago can provide you with a steady income, but there are many considerations before you take the first step. One of the biggest may be the factors involved in buying the real estate. At Bradford Miller Law, P.C., we have helped many investors who wish to own rental properties purchase multifamily homes.

Location is an essential element, according to the Chicago Tribune, not only because of the draw for the type of renters you want, but because of the way the neighborhood affects the amount of rent you can ask for. You will also need to compare the costs of similar properties, and not necessarily just the ones nearby.

How do I choose a home inspector?

Before you buy a home in Chicago, your lender will want you to have the building inspected. While this may seem straightforward, not all inspectors are the same, and the differences go deeper than price.

According to U.S. News, you need to find a home inspector who has a reporting style that you like, and that your lender will accept. A sample or past report would probably provide you with the information that you need. This may also give you some insight into the experience, background and training the inspector has—although you will want to follow up with more questions on this topic to ensure that you have someone who knows how to do the job right.

Lax city inspections may be allowing dangerous violations

Tenants in low-income housing should expect their landlord to maintain the building and prevent any threats to their life or property. The City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings should be enforcing the rules and regulations of the Chicago Building Code to make sure the property owner fulfills these responsibilities.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Housing Authority has not been performing the rigorous inspections that should be carried out on subsidized housing for low-income families. The property owners of Section 8 buildings could be taking advantage of a system that has allowed dangerous levels of lead to continue in subsidized apartment buildings in the city.