Quiz: Are you smarter than a landlord?



How well do you know your rights, renters of Chicago? Take this quiz to find out.

-rcromidas@tribune.com | @rachelcromidas

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  • 1. What minimum temperature must the apartment unit be kept at on winter nights when the landlord controls the thermostat?

    • A. 70

    • B. 55

    • C. 66

  • 2. How many days does a landlord have to return a security deposit?

    • A. 30

    • B. 60

    • C. 45

  • 3. True or False: Landlords are required to return security deposits with interest.

    • A. True

    • B. False

  • 4. Finish the sentence: If my landlord doesn't make necessary repairs ...

    • A. ... I can't force him or her to fix anything.

    • B. ... I can use some of my rent to fund the repairs myself.

    • C. ... I can stop paying my rent.

  • 5. True or False: Landlords are required to repaint apartments before re-renting them.

    • A. True

    • B. False

  • 6. My landlord is required by law to ...

    • A. ... weather-proof my windows.

    • B. ... provide trash containers.

    • C. ... exterminate for rodents and insects.

    • D. ... light hallways and stairwells.

    • E. All of the above

  • 7. In extreme cases, you can terminate your lease early if your apartment is in disrepair. In those cases, how many days' notice must you give your landlord?

    • A. 14 days

    • B. 15 days

    • C. 29 days

    • D. 30 days

  • 8. True or False: My college dorm must comply with the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance.

    • A. True

    • B. False

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