Section 803 – Definitions
In this installment of breaking down the Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance (CCRTLO), we will look at Section 42-803 which defines certain terms under the ordinance. Okay, I know this one is going to be boring (hence, I’m releasing it on a Friday night and you now have your weekend homework), but there is a silver lining. Some of these definitions (and the comparison and contrast to definitions in the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO)) will foreshadow future differences we will highlight in the CCRTLO as we delve deeper into its requirements in future blog posts. Let’s begin. Continue reading
Three Illinois Supreme Court Orders
Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court entered three new general orders related to eviction proceedings and the Covid-19 pandemic. As reported by a local NBC affiliate, these changes come as a result of the work of the Illinois Judicial Conference Court Operations During COVID-19 Task Force and are in anticipation of the return of the eviction system at the end of the various Covid moratoriums. Let’s review them. Continue reading
Section 802 – Exclusions
Like the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO), the Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance (CCRTLO) has a number of exclusions even if the law applies in a particular municipality. Many of the CCTLRO exclusions Continue reading
As expected, over the weekend (2-5-2021) the Governor extended the eviction moratorium for another 30 days to March 6, 2021. This was a huge surprise said no one ever. It is worth noting that no changes were made to the eviction procedures from past orders.
Section 801 – Title, Purpose & Scope
Let’s start at the beginning. This will be the first post in a deep dive taking a look at the newly passed Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance (CCRTLO). As I make my run through the law, understand that I will not necessarily discuss each and every section, but will likely only point out interesting features and facets that might be of note. Cook County landlord should be well advised that there is NO SUBSTITUTE for reading and understanding this law, front to back, on your own. I’ll start with the first section. Continue reading
Lease Revisions Needed
A new day is dawning for suburban Cook County landlords. Just today, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed the Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance. While this legislation could have been much worse based on the initial proposed ordinance, it still represents a major and substantial change for suburban landlords. Luckily, landlord advocates were able to successfully Continue reading
2021 continues to look bleak for landlords
In a media statement released yesterday by CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium will again be extended – this time until “at least” March 31, 2021. Housing providers in Illinois should be concerned that this will be another application of “death by a thousand cuts” and the CDC will be back for an extension before all is said and done. Early indications from President Joe Biden have pointed to a federal ban on evictions until September 30, 2021. Continue reading
On January 8, 2021, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation released its security deposit interest rate for security deposits governed by the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act (765 ILCS 715). The rate for 2021 is .01%.
A New Year’s Miracle!
For the first time in at least a decade, the City of Chicago has released the security deposit interest rate and interest rate summary EARLY. Chicago landlords governed by the residential landlord tenant ordinance (RLTO) will not be surprised to learn that this year’s interest rate for the seventh straight year will be .01% for leases executed between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. A copy of the form to be attached to a Chicago lease can be found on the City of Chicago “Rents Right” website here.
Does the Cook County Board Really Want a Level Playing Field?
UPDATE: The vote on this proposed ordinance is scheduled to take place December 15, 2020. Act now.
I have been training real estate agents, landlord groups, and real estate attorneys about Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO) compliance for over 10 years. During almost every one of my training sessions, there is a moment where one of the participants in the room get a wide-eyed look on their face as they come to realize that they have been violating the CRLTO on behalf of themselves or their clients. At that point, panic kicks in. Their hand shoots up. They ask the same question every time: Continue reading