Illinois State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Here are Illinois rules protecting tenants who are victims of domestic violence.


Illinois extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Landlord entitled to proof of DV status
  • Early termination right for DV victim
  • DV is an affirmative defense to an eviction lawsuit
  • DV victim has the right to have the locks changed
  • Landlord or court may bifurcate the lease,  which means that the landlord may evict the abuser, but not the victim of the domestic violence
  • Landlord may not disclose to others that a tenant has exercised a right under the law; violations expose landlord to damages that result, or $2,000.

Check the Illinois statute (765 Ill. Comp. Stat. §â

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