The City of Evanston is committed to promoting non-discrimination and ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all Evanston residents. Below are City ordinances related to housing rights:
- Evanston’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance
- Evanston's Fair Housing Ordinance - Recently amended and went into effect on July 26, 2014. Landlords are encouraged to review Title 5, Chapter 5 “Fair Housing," which adds gender identity and source of income as protected classes.
Additional information about Fair Housing may be found in the City’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization
The City of Evanston has contracted Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) and Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) for residents and landlords needing assistance with landlord-tenant issues. MTO is assisting through its hotline and Evanston’s 311 system. MTO's hotline number is 773-292-4988. The hotline has live operators Monday through Friday, from 1-5 p.m. Outside of those hours, callers can leave a message and someone from MTO will get back to them within two business days. In addition, MTO is partnering with LCBH for legal consultation services. This collaboration with LCBH will more effectively help low-income tenants avoid displacement through free legal representation in eviction cases and illegal lockouts.
MTO will be holding office hours at the Evanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Ave) to assist residents with landlord-tenant inquiries every Friday, from 2-6 p.m. Please call 311 for questions by dialing 3-1-1 or 847-448-4311.
Affordable Housing & Homeless Resources
A comprehensive contacts list of local housing options and agencies that provide affordable housing, public housing and housing for seniors and those with special needs.
The City has partnered with Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) to manage its centralized waitlist for affordable units provided through the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.
If you are interested in getting on the waitlist, please complete the pre-application on CPAH's website. If you have questions, please contact CPAH at 847-681-8746.
"The connection between health and dwelling is one of the most important that exists" Florence Nightingale
Historically, the City of Evanston Health & Human Services Department's focus has been lead in homes built prior to 1978. Recently Healthy Homes, a program developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Department of Urban Development (USHUD) has caused the department to look at all the parts of a home that influence the health of those inside.
Healthy Homes is made up of of seven principles to keep your home safe, derived from the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH):
- Keep it Dry: Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in the roof, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your plumbing for leaks. Moisture in your home can be a source of mold.
- Keep it Clean: Control the Source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.
- Keep it Safe: Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children's play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
- Keep it Well-Ventilated: Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
- Keep it Pest-Free: All pests look for food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest resistan containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with least toxic pesticides.
- Keep it Contaminant-Free: Reduce lead-related hazards in pre- 1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet- cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation cracks.
- Keep it Maintained: Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely, call the Community Development Department to find out if you need a Building Permit. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems.
Call the Health & Human Services Department at 847/859.7831 for more information or click the link below to the CDC's Healthy Homes Page.
Landlords: To register your building(s), please click below.
Perform a Self-Inspection (for personal records or to prepare for rental inspection)
RENT Evanston is a new City initiative to empower and connect landlords, property owners, and property managers in our city. RENT stands for Rental Empowerment, Networking, and Training. In addition to quarterly newsletters, the City will hold quarterly training sessions and discussions on topics relevant to property management and ownership. 2018 to be posted soon.
All RENT Evanston sessions are free to attend and are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Morton Civic Center's Parasol Room (4th floor), 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston.
Join us in this initiative to protect investments and property values, and to help make Evanston a more livable city! For more information please visit the Rental Registration page.
Security Deposit Interest Rates
For tenants who live in buildings with 24 or fewer apartments, the landlord does not have to pay interest on the security deposit. But, if the landlord owns buildings right next to the building and the total number of apartments between the buildings adds up to 25 or more apartments, then the landlord must pay interest.
For a building with 25 or more apartments, the landlord must pay interest on the security deposit.
The landlord is required to pay interest if they have held the security deposit for 6 or more months. If the tenant stays in the apartment 12 or more months after they signed their first lease, the landlord can choose between paying the interest on the security deposit or reducing the rent for one month by the amount of interest owed. After the tenant moves out, the landlord must pay them all the interest owed within 30 days.
To figure out how much interest a landlord owes, multiply the security deposit amount by the number in the table below.
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After Hours Communication
For after hours communicable disease or bioterrorism emergencies, please call 847-448-4311 and stay on the line to be connected to someone immediately.