What to do when you find a prohibited provision
If you feel your lease contains a provision prohibited by the Truth in Renting Act, write your landlord a letter pointing out the questionable provision(s). Keep a copy of the letter for your own records. Once your landlord receives your letter, he or she has 20 days to correct the lease by notifying all of the tenants that he or she is voiding or altering the illegal provision. If the landlord fails to cure the lease within 20 days, you may seek relief in any of the following forms:
1. An action to void the rental agreement and terminate the tenancy;
2. An action to enjoin the landlord from including the prohibited provision in any future rental agreements he or she enters into and to require the landlord to remove the provision from all other existing rental agreements;
3. An action to recover damages in the amount of $250 or actual damages, whichever is greater.
If the lease fails to contain the landlord's name and address or the required notice, the tenant can:
1. Sue to void the rental agreement;
2. Sue to force the landlord to include the required notice statement in all rental agreements he or she enters into;
3. Sue for $500 or actual damages, whichever is greater.