(765 ILCS 735/2.1) (from Ch. 80, par. 63.1)
Sec. 2.1. Tenant damages.
(a) A landlord's violation of Section 1.4 entitles the residential tenant to damages from the landlord in the amount of a 100% abatement of the rental obligation for each month, and prorated for each part of a month, that the utility service was terminated and to consequential damages. The tenant has a duty to mitigate damages.
(b) When utility service is terminated as a result of the landlord's violation of Section 1.4 under circumstances demonstrating the landlord's deliberate or reckless indifference or wilful disregard for the rights of the tenants, or bad faith, the court may additionally award each affected residential tenant in the building statutory damages up to $300 each or the sum of $5,000 divided by the number of affected tenants, whichever is less.
(Source: P.A. 87-177; 87-895.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015