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Illinois: Housing Laws

Actualizada: 
27 de abril de 2018

Who is protected by these housing laws?

Illinois’ housing laws (known as the “Safe Homes Act”) protects adult or child victims of domestic violence by a family or household member and victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and stalking.*

For the purposes of these laws, domestic violence includes:

- physical abuse
- harassment
- intimidation of a dependent
- interference with personal liberty
- willful deprivation.**

For the purposes of these laws, sexual violence means any act of:

- sexual assault
- sexual abuse
- non-consensual sexual conduct
- non-consensual sexual penetration
- stalking
- aggravated stalking
- criminal sexual assault,
- aggravated criminal sexual assault
- predatory criminal sexual assault of a child
- criminal sexual abuse
- aggravated criminal sexual abuse.***

* 765 ILCS 750/5
** 765 ILCS 750/10; 750 ILCS 60/103(1)
*** 765 ILCS 750/10

My landlord included a section in my lease saying that I could not terminate my lease. Does this mean that I cannot leave my lease early?

No. The law says that tenants can’t give up their rights under this law. So even if your landlord included a clause in your lease that you cannot terminate your lease early, you are not bound by this if you leave your lease with notice because of a qualifying circumstance. You can still request to get out of your lease early based on this law.*

* 765 ILCS 750/30