What CAN a landlord in Chicago do?

During the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, I’ve been asked perhaps thousands of times in one way or another “what rights does a Chicago landlord have right now”?  The quick answer is VERY FEW.  Nonetheless, such a short answer is trite and unhelpful.  So, maybe we can help to clear things up.  There are a number of laws, local rules, and orders that are governing the situation for landlords in Chicago right now.  I’ve distilled them into a flowchart that might help to untangle the mess. Continue reading

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Cook County Evictions Now Prohibited Until July 31, 2020

Governor Pritzker promised an eviction freeze until July 31, 2020 but only delivered with a moratorium until July 26, 2020.  Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans must have saw that and decided to deliver on the Gov’s promise.  On June 26, 2020, he entered General Administrative Order 2020-02.  This nine page monster order Continue reading

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Illinois Evictions Now Prohibited Until July 26, 2020

Forgive the clickbait (it’s a Monday!).  Despite the Governor’s verbal promises on June 17, 2020 to extend his previous ban on the commencement of any residential eviction lawsuit and ban on enforcement of commercial or residential eviction orders to July 31, 2020, the Governor instead enacted Executive Order 2020-44 which extends the authority in Executive Order 2020-30 until July 26, 2020.  The previous ban was sent to expire on June 27, 2020.  And so, Illinois landlords are left with another 30 days without recourse against tenants who won’t work or talk with them and who haven’t paid their rent.

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Landlord news as Illinois enters Phase 4

A few quick notes before the weekend

It was an interesting week on the landlord-tenant law front.  Most notably, a group of landlords have filed a complaint against Governor Pritzker and his Executive Orders prohibiting evictions.  The folks bringing the complaint appear to have done some homework.  Not only are they challenging the Governor’s authority to deny housing providers with access to the court system, they are also arguing that this amounts to a governmental taking and are seeking damages from the State.  The lawsuit has Continue reading

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Chicago FINALLY makes text of Covid-19 Eviction Moratorium Public

Took them long enough! (Now, where is the Covid-19 Notice the City Requires?)

Finally, the people at the City Clerk’s office have made available to the public the official text of the freshly passed into law Chicago Covid-19 Eviction Moratorium ordinance.  As discussed on this blog, the new ordinance requires a 7 day negotiating period after a landlord serves a 5 day notice (or any other notice for non-payment of rent) if a tenant notifies the landlord that the tenant experienced a Covid-19 impact.

The full text of the ordinance can be found here.  Some language (but not the official form) for the notice has been released Continue reading

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Chicago Landlords May Be Obligated to Provide Air Conditioning

We missed this one

Lost in all of the hoopla over the passage of the Mayor’s Covid-19 Eviction Protection Ordinance, we missed the proposal of at lease one new ordinance that will affect Chicago Landlords.  Under a sweeping ordinance proposed by 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, changes would be made to the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance requiring landlords to provide Continue reading

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Interesting Landlord-Tenant Updates

Well, today was a busy day at City Hall.  The Governor also got into the act.  Here are some quick hits on what happened today.

As expected, today, the City Council passed the Mayor’s Eviction Protection Ordinance.  The Ordinance puts a plan in place for 60 days after Governor Pritzker lifts his ban on evictions (Executive Order 2020-30).  The City’s press release can be found here.

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Details of Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Eviction Moratorium

UPDATE: the City has released the official text of the ordinance

The Mayor asked you landlords to give tenants some grace.  She is now imposing grace upon you.  So much for your housing solidarity pledge.  Apparently, you landlords can’t be trusted to give grace voluntarily.  The City of Chicago Housing Committee met this afternoon (6/15/2020) and after about three hours of debate, passed the Mayor’s Covid-19 “Eviction Protection Ordinance” on to the full City Council for a vote on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10am.  This is a new Chicago ordinance that will apply to residential (not commercial) properties.  We have what we think is an early copy of the law.  So, based on that, let’s take a dive into what is likely to pass into law on Wednesday (6/17/2020). Continue reading

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Looks like we will see a “Just Cause” for Eviction Ordinance Unveiled Monday???

Old Ordinance Makes a Comeback

FURTHER UPDATE: Look at the post above.

UPDATE: It looks like the law proposed will be some form of the mayor’s cooling off period procedure we discussed here a few weeks ago.

Cook County real estate reporter Alex Nitkin (@AlexNitkin) of The Daily Line reports on his twitter feed that Chicago Alderman expect a briefing today on what has been touted as the “Eviction Protection Ordinance” believed by some to be a re-hash of former Alderman Proco Joe Moreno’s “never quite got off the ground” Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance.  Continue reading

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Illinois Supreme Court to Vote on New Eviction Rule

New Rule open for Comment

The Rules Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court is having a hearing on June 24, 2020 for comments on a number of new proposed rules.  One of those rules affects eviction complaints. Continue reading

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