An attendee asked me during a seminar on Illinois land records about recorded copies of leases and rental agreements. For those of us with land-renting relatives, there just are not as many records available. It may be possible that a lease or rental agreement gets recorded in a miscellaneous volume of records in the Recorder’s Office, but when leases and rental agreements do not impact title, they don’t need to be recorded. Mortgages, obviously, are different.
If your relative was a tenant, check for court records. There could have been a disagreement about something in the agreement that ended up in court.