J.B. Pritzker leaves landlords in the dust… again

Like Britney Spears and to no one’s surprise, he did it again.  The Governor’s order prohibiting evictions was set to expire on September 18 – just two days from now.  I know this is going to come as a MAJOR SHOCK to many, but the Governor has once again extended that order.  He says the ban will be extended to October 22, 2020 (the actual paperwork will be filed over the weekend if he holds to previous form UPDATE: the prohibition was extended to October 17, 2020).  I can’t see Continue reading

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Consultation fees for Landlord Tenant matters

As readers of this blog likely know, this is a blog for landlords.  Here at Reda | Ciprian | Magnone, LLC, we don’t represent tenants in residential eviction cases. We help residential landlords.  We help lots of them.  We talk to lots of them.  We are usually glad to have a quick conversation to see if we are a match for an engagement at no cost.  Unfortunately, these are unprecedented times and the laws affecting Illinois landlords Continue reading

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Deep dive into the Federal Eviction Moratorium

As readers of this blog are aware, the Federal government has gotten into the landlord-tenant business.  This past Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unpublished order that is expected to be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2020 purporting to put a moratorium on certain residential evictions until December 31, 2020.  The order is not a rule but is to be considered an emergency action taken by the CDC.  As promised, here’s a deeper dive into the order. Continue reading

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CDC Halts Some Evictions until December 31, 2020

2+2=5

If you thought you’ve seen it all, you were wrong. The federal government is in the back in the landlord regulation game.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an order to be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2020 that places a halt on some (many?) evictions until the end of this year.  They say they want to stem a flood of evictions.  I wonder what they will do to stem the flood of foreclosures.  Many landlords haven’t seen a dime for nine or ten months.  The rules do have an income threshold and only apply in cases of non-payment of rent.  They also seem only to apply in places that don’t already have a moratorium.  I’ll do a deeper dive into this one and the federal extension of the CARES Act-like protections by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shortly.

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Small Landlord Acts on Eviction Moratorium

Close the Loophole

I was in a meeting today with a landlord who is trying to do something about the Governor’s eviction moratorium.  I listened to this landlord tell a story about how her tenants are doing damage to her property, how her tenants refuse to move, how her tenants won’t even apply for rental assistance.  They are just sitting there in her property.  She has no remedy against them and they know it.  At the same time, she’s lost her job amid the Covid crisis.  She lives out of town and is not renewing her own lease because she can’t afford rent because she can’t support two households.  What is she to do?  Well, she’s trying to do something about it.  At the link, you’ll find a petition wherein she asks the Governor to allow evictions to proceed against tenants who refuse to work with their landlords in any capacity.  This makes quite a bit of sense.  If you want to sign the petition, you can find it here.

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Eviction Moratorium Extension a Boon to Landlords?

Governor Drops a Big Hint

As discussed here last week, over the weekend, by way of Executive Order 2020-52, Governor Pritzker has extend the moratorium on commencement and execution of certain evictions until September 19, 2020.  I will not bother to opine on how this policy decision will negatively impact landlords nor the hopeless unfairness of this policy to small and large housing providers.  I will say that there might be one small glimmer of hope contained in the language of the executive order.  First, the language extending the order: Continue reading

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Illinois Eviction Moratorium to be Extended Again

Landlord’s Left Wondering Why

Admit it.  You didn’t think he would do it, did you?  You were losing faith.  Well, he sure showed you.  Aided this time by political cover from the Sheriff of Cook County, the Governor Pritzker has indicated that he is going to extend the eviction moratorium that was set to expire over the weekend for an additional 30 days.  So, once again, State and County politicians choose tenants over landlords.  I wonder when the landlords will get some relief.  Will it come before they wind up in foreclosure?  I have clients whose cases were filed BEFORE the moratorium went into effect in April who will not have an initial court hearing until January, 2021.  That’s ridiculous.  Their tenants were served notices long before Covid was on anyone’s radar.  Landlords tired of this nonsense who are considering selling their rental buildings should consider us as a resource to help you navigate all of the crazy landlord tenant laws that affect sellers.

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Unbelievable Court Delays in Cook County Eviction Cases

Massive Delays in Cook County Eviction Courts

Are you a landlord with a case pending in the Cook County Circuit Court system?  As noted on this blog, in late July, Judge Kenneth Wright entered an order postponing ALL eviction court dates pending for August appearances.  The County has developed a system to increase the caseload of the eviction judges by 10 cases per judge per day four days a week.  The results of that rescheduling are now being made known and the results are shocking. Continue reading

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Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance Would Apply in Most of Suburban Cook County

On July 30, 2020, I reported here that Cook County was proposing a County-wide tenant and landlord ordinance.  (Note that the County ordinance puts the word tenant before landlord, so the County will have a RTLO while the City of Chicago will have an RLTO) Since then, I’ve been asked by a few landlords about where this law would apply.  That’s a surprisingly complex issue, but let’s take a look. Continue reading

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New CRLTO Summary Available

New Section 5-12-170 Ordinance Summary to be Attached to Leases

As my readers know, the CRLTO was amended recently with the passage Mayor’s Fair Notice law that made significant changes to Section 5-12-130(j) of the Ordinance.  The City has FINALLY release their revised version of the CRLTO summary.  You can find a copy Continue reading

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