(765 ILCS 742/5)
Repair; deduction from rent.
If a repair is required under a
agreement or required under a law, administrative rule, or local ordinance or
and the reasonable cost of the repair does not exceed the lesser of $500 or
one-half of the
monthly rent, the tenant may notify the landlord in writing by registered or certified mail or other restricted delivery service to the address of the landlord or an agent of the landlord as indicated on the lease agreement; if an address is not listed, the tenant may send notice to the landlord's last known address of the tenant's
have the repair made at the landlord's expense.
If the landlord fails to make the repair
within 14 days after being notified by the tenant as provided above or more promptly
conditions require in the case of an emergency, the tenant may have the repair
workmanlike manner and in compliance with the appropriate law, administrative
local ordinance or regulation. Emergencies include conditions that will cause irreparable harm to the apartment or any fixture attached to the apartment if not immediately repaired or any condition that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of any occupant of the dwelling or any common area. After submitting to the landlord a paid bill
appropriate tradesman or supplier unrelated to the tenant, the tenant may deduct from his or
her rent the
amount of the bill, not to exceed the limits specified by this Section and not
to exceed the
reasonable price then customarily charged for the repair. If not clearly indicated on the bill submitted by the tenant, the tenant shall also provide to the landlord in writing, at the time of the submission of the bill, the name, address, and telephone number for the tradesman or supplier that provided the repair services. A tenant may not
repair at the
landlord's expense if the condition was caused by the deliberate or negligent
omission of the tenant, a member of the tenant's family, or another person on
premises with the tenant's consent.
(Source: P.A. 93-891, eff. 1-1-05.)