What is the legal date for the landlord to turn the heat on for the winter?

Asked about 5 years ago - Oak Park, IL

My heat is included in my rent, my question to you is by law when do my heat suppose to be turn on.My landlord likes to turn our heat on Nov 15th. I've lived here for three and a half years and its been like this every year.My children get sick every year because of no heat in the house.I brought heaters to warm each bedroom but the sudden change in the tempture from the bedroom to the bathroom after a shower is bad for my children. What should I do? I just think that turning the heat on in Nov is just cheap and wrong.Every time I want to move they say they would change the date.But havent yet,what should I do?Is this a legal act for a landlord to conduct? In the city of chicago its the law to have the heat on by Oct 15th.

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  1. Salim John Sheikh

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . contact Illinois Legal Aid:


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