I am a landlord in Chicago, IL. I signed the month-to month Lease with the prospective tenants. 6 days before move-in they decided to not move-in. They did not give proper notice so they forfitied their 1st months rent per the Lease. Date of end of Lease Jan 15th. Per Lease landlord has 45 days to return the Security Deposit. They have sent over 10 threatening emails to sue me for 3 times the damages. $6900. They have called my place of employment harassing my Manager, defamation of character and loss of income due to me looking bad in the eyes of my Manager. Now they are threatening to sue for Illinois Deceptive practices + the other lawsuit. I dropped off the check on the 45th day. Mar 1st. They filed a lawsuit on 2/24 for $6900 before the 45 days are up. I found this out after I dropped the check off from another Law firm who sent me mail. So I removed the money from the acct & canceled the check. The tenants can not have the check and have a lawsuit out on me. What do I do?
You need to hire an attorney. The Chicago landlord rules create huge penalties.
I agree with my colleague, at this point since the matter has now escalated and is preceding to court, I recommend you consulting local counsel to determine your rights and responsibilities and in order to protect your interests in the matter.
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