At the Metropolitan Tenants organization, the phone has been ringing off the hook.
"We've been getting tons of calls about heat -- either the heat is broken down and they don't have heat, or it's only 50 degrees in their apartment,” said John Bartlett of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.
It's a common problem in the city of Chicago: bad landlords who don't fix the problems.
“There shouldn't be a different standard for where you live as a landlord and where your tenants live,” said Felicia David, the city of Chicago’s building department commissioner.
The building department, along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, will be publishing a list of unresponsive landlords in the next two weeks.
“We're really looking at those serious dangerous hazardous conditions absence of smoke detectors, unsafe or hazardous porches … a lack of heat or water,” David said.
If the same landlord has more than three cases filed against him or her in "administrative hearings" within two years, he or she will be put on a list; they could face bigger fines, and be unable to buy city land, make zoning changes, or get a new business license or permit.
“The goal really is to have those landlords come into compliance. Mayor Emanuel isn't shying away from naming names and increasing transparency to make sure they're held accountable,” David said.