At Markoff Leinberger, we understand that the first reaction when you’re the victim of an unfair business practice is often anger. This is particularly likely when the dispute in question involves a conflict with your landlord.
Whether it’s a security deposit dispute or some other argument, you often feel powerless. Ths is the person who is responsible for your home. All the power seems to reside on their side.
This is a recipe for frustration. But remember: you are not powerless. The attorneys at Markoff Leinberger know you have rights, and we’ll defend them for you. You have an advocate on your side, someone fighting for you.
If you’re a resident of the Chicago, Illinois area and your landlord is engaged in an unfair business practice, please call Markoff Leinberger today at 1-888-517-9115 for a free consultation.
The Steps You Should Take
Doing the right thing when you’re embroiled in a landlord-tenant dispute will make your future pursuit of justice and compensation much easier. Here’s what you should to do when you’re involved in a conflict with your landlord:
- Take a deep breath: If your landlord is threatening to withhold your security deposit or refusing to fix a serious maintenance problem, you’re likely upset. Don’t retaliate or take any steps that violate the law or your lease.
- Keep paying your rent initially: One of the potential remedies under Chicago law for a tenant is to deduct the costs of repairs from your rent check. This might prove a viable recourse down the road. But don’t take this step unilaterally. Keep up to date on your rent until you speak with our attorneys. Don’t give your landlord a basis for legal action against you.
- Learn Your Rights: You don’t have to become an expert on Chicago’s tenancy regulations, but some basic research will inform you of your rights as a tenant, as well as your responsibilities. Look up the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance for specific details. And speak to organizations like the Metropolitan Tenants Organization; they exist to protect your rights.
- Speak to Markoff Leinberger: Finally, if all other avenues have failed and your landlord refuses to compromise, call us. Our lawyers have experience helping the victims of unfair business practices. We can speak to you about your rights and help you find a rememdy under city or state law.
You don’t have to quietly accept your landlord’s unfair practices.
If you live in Chicago or any of the surrounding areas of Illinois and your landlord is victimizing you with an unfair business practice, please call 1-888-517-9115 or contact Markoff Leinberger using our online form to schedule your free case evaluation today.