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Can a lease increase go every year into infinity ?

Chicago, IL |

I was told that the rent goes up every year.

Attorney Answers 4


  1. Yes. You are then free to accept or reject the new contract terms.

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  2. Infinity? Probably not. But as long as a tenant agrees to the incease by accepting and signing the new contract--yes, an annual rent increase that is in accordance with state laws and city ordinances is perfectly normal.

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  3. There are no laws in Illinois forbidding annual rent increases, so they are free to propose whatever amount they seek. The only way I can imagine them getting into trouble for rent increases would be if they imposed them in a discriminatory manner, or imposed an excessive increase on a tenant who exercised rights under the Chicago RLTO.

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  4. Leases can increase annually. You have the option to renew or not renew.