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Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Waiver of Landlord Liability

  • If you have already signed a lease, you cannot be required to sign a Covid-19 waiver by your landlord. There is a lack of monetary consideration for such a waiver.
  • In Illinois, residential landlords cannot require you to waive their negligence which may include possible actions regarding the spread of covid-19.
  • Contact Student Legal Service if you have questions.

Covid-19 Addendum

  • Before you sign your next lease, consider trying to add a Covid-19 Addendum (pdf) to your lease.
  • If the university moves to online-only instruction in the future due to Covid-19, some students would want to break their leases legally.
  • Please note, your landlord is not required to sign this addendum (pdf) and may choose not to do so.

Housing Guide

Leases and COVID-19 (pdf)

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This information in the field of housing and tenant rights was compiled by the Student Legal Service staff attorneys. The materials have been updated during the summer of 2014. The information is divided into three general topical sections.

This information is intended to be a general guide for student renters; it by no means addresses all landlord-tenant issues. We strongly encourage you to visit the Tenant Union at 326 Illini Union for assistance in housing matters and schedule an appointment with your Student Legal Service when you have specific legal questions regarding housing matters. While there are no perfect landlords, there are many landlords who are vastly better than others. The Tenant Union at 326 Illini Union and the Student Legal Service at 324 Illini Union can help you make an informed choice so that you do not spend your time suing the landlord and calling the City for Building Code Inspections.

Section I. Before You Move In

The steps renters should take prior to signing a lease and moving into a rental unit.

We believe that the vast majority of problems tenants have while living in a unit and upon move out can be avoided by being wise consumers before signing with any landlord.

Section I (pdf)

Section II. After You Move In

The issues which commonly face student tenants such as privacy, subletting, and noisy neighbors.

Section II (pdf)

Section III. After You Move Out

The never ending battle over landlord abuse of tenant damage deposits.

We strongly encourage you to fill out a check-in form and a check-out form retaining a copy of each as your best protection against your landlord keeping your security deposit.

Section III (pdf)