They don't always end this way:
Johnny gets a rental app for his sweet condo.
Everything checks out, Sally moves in.
Trouble is, she brought a secret roommate - Mr. Whiskers.
Now, Mr. Whiskers isn't your average furball...
He's an emotional support animal (ESA).
Gee, Sally missed that...
You're dominating Monopoly, like a boss.
Then your almost bankrupt buddy pulls a fast one:
He slaps down the 'Get Out of Jail Free' card.
We saw a Tenant do just that.
And it was the Landlord's fault...
Here's what happened:
Tenant didn't pay.
Landlord served the ole '...
Rumor has it you like saving cash.
Waiting for 2-for-1 taco Tuesdays.
Moonlighting as a karaoke DJ.
Your Tenant wants to save some coin too.
And now that cooler temps are here, make sure turning the heat off ain't one of 'em.
Make your lease...
The grim reaper.
And he's just taken one of your Tenants.
Trouble is, he left their stuff in your house.
Ain't no hearse gotta u-haul!
Your Tenant kicks the bucket (and leaves stuff in the house).
Then Aunt Sally shows up with a keen interest...
So, you've got this swanky pad and the Tenant keeps pushing your buttons.
You've had enough.
So you figure, "I'll slap an eviction notice on their door - that'll show 'em!"
Well, um, in case ya didn't know:
That's a bad idea. And it'll have you rewriting...
Ever find that perfect series finale?
Where everything wraps up like it should...
No unanswered questions (looking at you, "Lost").
It's just... done.
Well, you can apply this same magic in your lease.
If your lease has a clear end date, then no termination...
Ever fixed a pesky sink leak at your rental?
Or painted over some crayon art left by the ex-Tenant's kiddos?
You're hired, kid!
Ever thought, "Hey, I should make a buck or three for this..."
Good news, you can.
If it's in your lease.
You can slap a price tag on your DIY chops.
Ever had a Tenant play the "I promise to pay next week" card?
Oh, those sweet promises...
Kinda like those New Year's resolutions we all forget about by February.
Here's the deal:
Promises don't pay the bills.
But you know what does?!?
So, when the rent's late,...
So, radon - you've heard of it, right?
That sneaky, invisible gas that can wreck your health.
Kinda like that silent-but-deadly Uncle at family meals.
Don't. You. Dare.
Well, the law changed - again.
This time, it's the Illinois Radon Awareness Act.
Starting January 1, 2024, you gotta be more...
Ever had that "Oh, snap!" moment during a routine inspection?
You know, where you peek in the closet.
Maybe snoop around the corner.
Then find a scene more like Breaking Bad than Full House?
Here's the deal:
If you ever find something and wonder "is that even legal" - start...
Ever heard of a "right of first refusal"?
Sounds like a medieval jousting term.
I hereby claim a right of first refusal to your dragon!
Like most things in law, it's a fancy term for a simple idea:
Someone gets the first shot to buy your house.
Now, you wouldn't give...
Remember the good old days?
When you could just snap your fingers (or send an email) and poof!
Rent magically appeared in your bank?
That happened thanks to electronic funds transfer (ETFs).
Well, say hello to Public Act 103-1032.
No, it's not the long-lost cousin of R2-D2 (but it still...