Robert C Griffin - Attorney at Law

Law Office of Robert C. Griffin, Attorney at Law, serving the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years!

Landlord Lawyer

Chicago Landlord Lawyer

As a landlord, you know that the rights of tenants in the City of Chicago are well-protected by the law. To protect your interests, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, one well-versed in the laws and procedures involving landlord and tenant relationships in the City of Chicago, one who is fluent with and has in-depth knowledge of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (commonly known as the RLTO), and has successfully protected the rights of other landlords.

We handle all aspects of Lease Drafting and/or Lease Review, so that you will be well-protected prior to entering into a landlord-tenant relationship. If you are a landlord, you need the services of an attorney with great skill and experience in a climate hostile to landlords, as is the case in Chicago.  We will protect you and your commercial or residential property in any dispute with your tenant


In Chicago (and in the surrounding areas) Landlords must be proactive in protecting their rights and interests and adopt aggressive defense tactics against tenants. If you are a Landlord facing litigation, we can provide you with the experienced representation that you need.


We have worked extensively with residential property owners throughout the Chicago area. When you hire us to help protect your property interests, we will review and handle every aspect of your case. We understand how important it is to be able to communicate with your attorney, and we work hard to promptly respond to your calls or e-mails.

We handle all matters related to eviction proceedings, preparing and serving the eviction notices, including:

  • 5 day (nonpayment of rent)
  • 10 day (lease violations)
  • 14 day (certain other lease and/or ordinance violations)
  • 30 day (termination of month-to-month tenancies) 

We focus our landlord-tenant practice on the legal needs of commercial or residential landlords, handling all matters involving the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) and other ordinance violations, including:

  • Failure to pay interest on a security deposit under the RLTO or other ordinance
  • Commingling of a security deposit in violation of the RLTO, other ordinance or state law
  • Failure to repair and/or provide essential services
  • Failure to provide proper notice when accessing or entering the property in violation of the RLTO or other ordinance
  • Failure to attach the RLTO summary or other ordinance to the lease or provide a copy of the RLTO summary or other ordinance to a month-to-month tenant
  • Failure to attach the security deposit summary to the lease in violation of the RLTO or other ordinance, or to provide a copy of the security deposit summary to a month-to-month tenant
  • Failure to notify of ownership changes in violation of the RLTO or other ordinance
  • Failure to make appropriate and proper heating cost and lead paint disclosures to the tenant

We will represent you in both joint actions against tenants for possession and unpaid rent, or single actions for possession only. We will represent you in actions for unpaid rent, even if you do not want to terminate the tenant's lease. We handle the breach of a lease agreement by a tenant.

If you are sued under the RLTO or other ordinance, you need the protection of an attorney that has experience protecting landlords in disputes with tenants, and can defend you against accusations of RLTO violations.

We also provide strong representation to residential tenants who have been treated unfairly by a landlord.


A Knowledgeable Lawyer Is a Wise Investment

Dealing with landlords can sometimes be a difficult situation, often involving a significant amount of time and money. If you need an experienced attorney to assist you through the process, please e-mail or call us today to schedule a free initial consultation.



The first step in the process is to call our office. 

We are generally willing to have an initial discussion over the telephone to determine if we can assist in your situation and to determine if we might be an appropriate match to work with you.

Initial consultations are by appointment only and a consultation fee is generally charged.

To get this process started, please call Robert Griffin at 773-880-5500 or email him about it:


Where We Work

Our law firm represents clients throughout Chicago including Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Wrigleyville; as well as the Cook County suburbs of Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Park Ridge, Orland Park, Tinley Park, and Wilmette. Our representation spans all of Cook County and Lake County, Illinois.

Learn More

To learn more about our law firm and what we can do to help you, please email or call us today at 773-880-5500 to schedule a free initial consultation.

849 W. Fletcher G Chicago, IL 60657

Phone:     773-880-5500      

Fax:     773-883-0076