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Landlord / Tenant Law

Torshen, Slobig & Axel, Ltd. represents numerous landlords including some of the largest real estate owners and management companies in the Chicago area in the many areas in which legal disputes can arise out of the landlord-tenant relationship. We have successfully defended property owners and managers from class action claims under the City of Chicago Landlord-Tenant Ordinance, and we have defended claims under the Federal Fair Housing Act, and diverse tenant claims, including toxic mold and other environmental claims. Torshen, Slobig & Axel, Ltd. also advises landlords on strategies to avoid disputes with tenants.

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Landlord / Tenant Legal Obligations

Lead Paint Hazard Disclosure Compliance

Security Deposit Interest Rates Under Chicago and State Laws

We have defended landlords in class actions alleging security deposit violations of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance and the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act and the Illinois Security Deposit Return Act in numerous cases including:

  • Czark v. B&A Associates, LLC, Case No. 08 CH 21846 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois) (We succeeded in obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of this major multi-building class action)

  • Taylor v. Deming II, LLC,, Case No. 08 CH 21846 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois) (We succeeded in obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of this major class action)

  • Will v. Lee Property Management, Inc., Case No. 07 CH 15466 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois)

  • Corbin et al. v. 1400 LSD, LLC et al. , Case No. 02 CH 16003 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Kutcher v. Barry Realty et al, LLC, Case No. 03 CH 7610 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Bomgaars v. B&A Associates, LLC, Case No. 01 M1 162358 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Bessenoff v. Borcoman, Case No. 01 CH 11759 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Schad v. B&A Associates, LLC, Case No. 03 CH 08823 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Walker v. D.M. Taylor Management Co., Case No. 05 CH 16111 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Masuda et al v. Roosevelt LLC et. al., Case No. 05 CH 14913 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Mischnick v. BJB Lincoln Park, Inc., Case No. 08 CH 20869, (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois)


We have defended landlords in Fair Housing Act lawsuits such as:

  • Jill Fraley v. Irmco Properties, Case No. 03 C 7363 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division).

We have defended landlords against various tenant negligence and wrongful eviction claims including:

  • Myers v. Archstone-Smith Operating Trust, Case No. 07 C 3057 (United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois)
  • BJB Partners, LLC v. Roy Holston et al., Case No. 04 M1 708888 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Darrin Vance and Theresa Vance v. Barry Realty, Inc., Case No. 04 M1 11631 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Bultinck v. Barnes, Case No. 03 L 4423 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented a landlord in a suit brought by a tenant alleging injuries caused by mold.

We have successfully represented tenants and landlords in disputes involving commercial leases and contracts such as:

  • Chicago Motor Club Ins. Co. v. American National Bank, Case No. 89 CH 1451 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We represented a commercial landlord.

  • The Gourmet Pantry v. Millennium Park Plaza, LLC, Case No. 04 CH 19550 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We successfully represented a commercial landlord in resisting a tenantís claim that the its lease had been extended by a prior owner.

  • LaBella Winnetka, Inc. v. Winnetka II, LLC, Case No. 07 L 11381 (Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois.

  • Urban Elevator Service v. BJB Partners, LLC, Case No. 08 L 005570, (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois)

  • Neapolitan LLC v. Winnetka I, LLC, Case No. 08 CH 12035, (Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois)

We have represented tenants' rights organizations in actions brought by landlords:

  • Heinichen v. Pensack, Case No. 00 L 1421 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois). We successfully represented a tenant's rights organization against a landlord's claims of tortious interference with tenant relationships.

We have successfully litigated class actions on behalf of tenants against landlords who violated the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance and the Illinois Security Deposit Interest and Illinois Security Deposit Return Acts in the following cases:

  • Kelley v. Kenilworth Inc., Case No. 95 CH 3965 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Singleton v. Sandu, Case No. 94 CH 0305 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Bryson v. Amstadt, Case No. 92 CH 5473 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).

  • Aguilera v. New West, Case No. 92 CH 1697 (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois).


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