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COVID-19 Update for Student Legal Services
REVISED: January 14, 2021
COVID-19 does not end your lease
- A lease is a binding contract for both the landlord and tenant.
- Leases and COVID-19 (pdf)
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If you have not yet signed a lease for Fall 2021, consider trying to add a Covid-19 Addendum to your lease
Proposed Covid-19 Addendum to leases
Some students are concerned about the possibility of the University moving to online-only instruction in the future due to COVID-19. In the event that the University does end in-person instruction in the middle of a lease term, some students would like to break their lease legally. Typically, leases do not allow for this. However, students may want to consider making it a condition to sign a lease or lease renewal that the landlord agree to sign this addendum (pdf).
Please note, your landlord is not required to sign this addendum (pdf) and may choose not to do so.
Welcome to Student Legal Services
Since the early 1970s, Student Legal Services has a long and proud tradition of providing legal services and awareness of the law to the students of the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
This website is another example of this office's commitment to reaching out to as many of our students as possible to provide awareness of the laws that may affect their daily life and to fulfill one of our major functions—education of our students.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Renter Protections
- If you are renting from a landlord who has a federally backed mortgage, the CARES Act provides for a suspension or moratorium on evictions.
- You cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent for 120 days beginning on March 27, 2020 and ending July 25, 2020.
- After the 120-day period is up, the landlord cannot require you, the tenant, to vacate until providing you with a thirty-day notice to vacate.
Fannie Mae Disaster Response Network
- If you’re a tenant in a multifamily rental property financed by Fannie Mae, your landlord can seek assistance through the Fannie Mae Disaster Response Network.
- Your landlord can seek forbearance, late fee relief, and repayment options on the property.
COVID-19 Recovery Tax Rebates: Are students eligible?
Most U of I students will not be eligible for stimulus payments, either as dependents on their parents’ taxes or as nonresident aliens (F & J visas most commonly).
If you have received a direct deposit or check by mistake, DO NOT KEEP IT. Please read the information sheet about what to do (pdf). If have further questions, fill out and submit an intake form, and schedule an appointment.
Students who are citizens or permanent residents who file federal income taxes on their own may be eligible for the rebate (mostly graduate students).
Student Legal Services does not provide tax assistance. For further information, contact a tax attorney or an accountant.
Communicating With Your Landlord Webinar
Staff discuss tips for successful tenant communication.
News & Important Issues
- Immigration Resources in Champaign-Urbana-Savoy (pdf)
- Student Code
- Schedule a Lease Review: (217) 333-0112
- Community & Self-Help Resources
- Immigration Referrals
- Legal Links
The information contained in this website does not constitute legal advice nor is it intended to constitute legal advice. It is not a substitute for consulting an attorney regarding one's particular case. The information and opinions contained herein are those of the student legal service and are not necessarily those of the University of Illinois of Champaign-Urbana. All materials contained herein are the property of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Student Legal Service and its attorneys – All Rights Reserved.
No legal advice will be given over telephone or email
Business may not be conducted with an unknown party. This policy is for the protection of your privacy.