Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Residential Tenants' Right to Repair Act. Provides that, if a repair is required under a residential lease agreement or required under a law, rule, or ordinance 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 of the tenant's intention to have the repair made at the landlord's expense. Provides that, if the landlord fails to make the repair within 14 days or more promptly in an emergency the tenant may have the repair made and, after submitting a paid bill to the landlord, deduct from his or her rent the amount of the bill, subject to specified limitations. Sets forth exceptions and provisions concerning mechanics lien laws. Provides that a home rule unit may not regulate residential lease agreements in a manner that diminishes the rights of tenants under the Act.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill. Provides that the tenant is responsible for ensuring that:(1)the repairs are performed in a workmanlike manner in compliance with the appropriate law, administrative rule, or local ordinance or regulation; (2)the tradesman or supplier that is hired by the tenant to perform the repairs holds the appropriate valid license or certificate required by State or municipal law to make the repair; and (3) that the tradesman or supplier is adequately insured to cover any bodily harm or property damage that is caused by the negligence or substandard performance of the repairs by the tradesman or supplier. Provides that the tenant is responsible for any damages to the premises caused by a tradesman or supplier hired by the tenant. Provides that a tenant shall not be entitled to exercise the remedies provided for in the Act if the tenant does not comply with these requirements. Provides that a tenant may not assert as a defense to an action for rent or eviction that rent was withheld under the Act unless the tenant meets all the requirements provided for in the Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to owner-occupied rental property containing 6 or fewer dwelling units. Provides that the Act does not apply to any dwelling unit that is subject to the Mobile Home Park Act or the Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Rights Act.