If a landlord fails to make a necessary repair, the tenant may take advantage of the Illinois Residential Tenants Right to Repair Act, which governs repair-related issues (Illinois statute 765 ILCS 742). This state law requires the tenant to inform the landlord in writing of the request to repair. Upon notification, the landlord has 14 days to make the repair. If the repair is not made during this time, the tenant may hire a private contractor, not related to the tenant, to make the repair. The cost of the repair may not be more than $500 or half a month’s rent, whichever is lower. The paid contractor’s bill, which must include the contractor’s name, address and telephone number, must then be given to the landlord. Persons interested in this remedy should contact the staff of the Community Relations Department for consultation. Tenant may also contact the Neighborhood Services Division to request an inspection of the property by Village inspectors (see the Who to Call section of this handbook for contact information).