My ex-tenant broke her bathroom window. I made her pay the contractor to fix it as stated in her lease. She retaliated on me and reported the broken window to the city building department. They came out and discovered that a permit was not issued for a dormer the previous owner put in years ago. Now I have to apply for a "Retro" permit for what the previous owner did. It is costing me over $8,000 which I don't have. I am begging the city to give me time. Can I sue this tenant for retaliation?
No, if the building were up to code nothing would have happened.
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Dear Landlord: We are sorry that you are in this unfortunate circumstance. You do not have a claim against your former tenant. However, you may want to retain an attorney familiar with building codes and permits in the City of Chicago who can assist you through not only the process but perhaps a claim against the former owner.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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