I recently purchased 3 unit / flat in Burbank IL (Chicago Suburb) and I inherited tenants that are month to month. My town has just changed their laws requiring leases for every rental unit with a yearly $20 permit. I do have a lease that I had previously drafted up by my lawyer which I plan to use but one of my tenants does not speak English. When I do speak to her, her daughter translates. Has anyone run into this problem and if so what did you do?
-Pay a Spanish speaking lawyer for a new lease?
-Try to get my tenant to sign a lease she can’t read?
-Try to get the daughter to sign the lease? She’s in her early 20s
I’m leaning towards just paying the money for a new lease. They’re great tenants that I don’t want to lose but I don’t want to do anything to put myself in a bad position either. Any suggestions, experiences, or recommendation to a good Spanish speaking lawyer in the Chicagoland area would be great.
@Justin Gonzalez I don't have personal experience here and I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect that you will have to get the lease drawn up in Spanish. If you have either the tenant sign a lease that she can't legally be expected to understand or have the daughter sign the lease for her mother without power of attorney, I don't believe that the lease will hold up in court should they ever decide to be less-than-ideal tenants.
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