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New Radon Laws for Illinois Landlords

The safety and well-being of tenants are paramount in any rental property. Recently, the Illinois Tenant Radon Protection Act has come into effect, emphasizing the importance of radon testing in rental units across the state. As a responsible landlord or tenant, understanding this legislation and taking proactive measures can ensure a healthier living environment. At Homes & Order, we are committed to assisting both landlords and tenants in fulfilling their obligations under this new law.

What is the Illinois Tenant Radon Protection Act?

The Illinois Tenant Radon Protection Act, enacted to safeguard residents from the dangers of radon exposure, mandates radon disclosures by landlords for current and prospective tenants.

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into buildings through cracks in the foundation, posing serious health risks, including lung cancer, when accumulated in high concentrations. More info can be found in our earlier blog post.

Key Provisions of the Act:

  1. Landlord Disclosure: Landlords are obligated to disclose any documents or findings related to radon levels in the unit to current and prospective tenants. They must provide a disclosure statement and pamphlet to tenants.

  2. Testing: The tenant can conduct a radon test and the results must be shared with the landlord within 10 days. Landlords can verify levels with additional testing.

  3. Mitigation: If high levels are found, the landlord has 60 days to choose to mitigate or not. It is not required that landlords mitigate or undertake radon reduction methods.

  4. Tenant Rights: If high levels of radon are found and the landlord chooses not to mitigate, tenants can exit their lease agreement without penalty.

How Can Homes & Order Assist?

As a trusted provider of home inspection services, we specialize in radon testing in the Chicago area. Whether you're a landlord seeking compliance with the Illinois Tenant Radon Protection Act or a tenant concerned about radon exposure, we are here to help.


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