An Illinois month-to-month lease agreement is a residential rental contract between a landlord and a tenant that renews on a monthly basis as long as the tenant keeps paying rent. A month-to-month lease is a type of periodic tenancy that is often established verbally between the parties but can be executed in a written agreement to document all the terms and conditions of the arrangement.
A periodic tenancy is more flexible than a fixed-term tenancy, but the tenant is still responsible for their duties and obligations to the landlord, and the landlord must still act within the confines of Illinois landlord-tenant law. State law asserts that landlords may terminate a month-to-month lease without cause as long as thirty (30) days’ notice is provided to the tenant. While there is no law stating the tenant must provide the same notice to the landlord, it is common courtesy to do so.
Notice for terminating (735 ILCS 5/9-207) – Thirty (30) Days
Tenant screening – Illinois Rental Application
The landlord must disclose the presence of lead-based paint to tenants if the residence was constructed before 1978.
If the leased premises is on the second floor of a building or lower, the tenant must be given a disclosure that relays the presence (or absence) of radon gas and a copy of the Radon Guide for Tenants.
Any rent concession (rebate or reduction) must be written in the lease agreement.
Tenants who are on a shared utility meter with the landlord must be informed about the shared service(s) and the division payments.