Eviction to be Banned in Seattle
We all know about the annual winter moratorium on evictions in Chicagoland. Every year, around Christmas and New Year’s Day, the courts stop the Sheriff from enforcing eviction orders. The Cook County Sheriff is also ordered not to evict when it is too cold or weather conditions make an eviction dangerous for the tenants or Sheriff’s officers. However, the moratorium is temporary, fairly short, and eventually, things get back on track. The City of Seattle has thrown those concepts right out the window. The Seattle City counsel yesterday voted 7-0 (that’s right, a unanimous vote) to BAN most evictions for a three month period. Could it happen in Chicago? Continue reading
Bill to repeal ban on rent control returns
We warned you it might happen. The House version of Rent Control (House Bill 0255), Will Guzzardi’s Rent Control Preemption Act, is back. The bill was assigned to the house Judiciary committee today. As a reminder, this version of the attempt Continue reading
Some Tenants Ruin it For the Disabled
This afternoon, HUD issued new guidance for landlords in regard to support animals with respect to Fair Housing and reasonable accommodations. Unfortunately, landlords regularly report fraud on the part of renters who don’t really need an emotional support animal but who don’t like being told “no” by landlords with a “no pets” policy. Sadly, this ruins things for people who are disabled and really need a reasonable accommodation. This guidance should provide help with that. I haven’t even had time to dive into it, but I wanted to make it available as soon as possible. I’ll report back soon with an in depth analysis.
New Residential Lease Concepts?
As 2020 begins, Illinois landlords are finding a business landscape that is not hospitable. There are new regulations (Just Housing Amendment) and threats of new regulations (just cause for eviction and rent control). They are facing a looming triennial reasessment by Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi who is clearly targeting multi-unit residential properties. They face higher taxes, higher fees, and higher utility charges. What’s to be done? Continue reading
New Lease Form Released
Late last week, the City of Chicago finally released its separate summary of security deposit interest rates for the new year. Once the summary was available, the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) was able to go live with the 2020 version of their residential Chicago lease for properties governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. Based on my own experience, the CAR form seems to be the most widely used lease in the City of Chicago. While the content of the form has not changed too much this year, there are some new changes in formatting that make the lease easier and smarter to use. Let’s take a look at those: Continue reading
Better Late Than Never
Well, I guess January 6, 2020 is as good a day as any for the IDFPR to finally announce the Security Deposit Interest rate for security deposits governed by the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act. That law applies to lessors “of residential real property, containing 25 or more units in either a single building or a complex of buildings located on contiguous parcels of real property”. Continue reading
Compliance with 5-12-170 of the CRLTO
On December 31, 2019, the City of Chicago released the new interest rate for 2020 security deposits for those rental agreements governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance but it was not until today that they released the separate summary that must be attached to a lease to be in compliance with 5-12-170 of the ordinance. Continue reading
Are you ready for this?
I have discussed, at length, on this page, the criminal background check rules contained in the Cook County Just Housing Amendment to the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance and why they are flawed and fairly ridiculous. Cook County has passed their final set of rules and they will go into effect at midnight on December 31, 2019. That means that landlords throughout Cook County need to be aware of and in compliance with these rules beginning then if they want to do a criminal background check. Continue reading
The Comptroller of the City of Chicago has released the rate for leases entered into from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 that are governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. For those rental agreements, the rate to comply with the requirements of Section 5-12-080 of the CRLTO Continue reading
Cook County Delays JHO Rules
As the January 1, 2020 deadline for implementation of the new law looms, the Cook County Human Rights Commission remains unprepared to handle the questions or to provide the resources necessary regarding the new rules adopted to enforce the Just Housing Amendment (JHO) to the Cook County Housing Ordinance. In response, the County has agreed this week to delay the enforcement of the JHO until January 31, 2020. This will allow the Commission to respond to the many questions that have been posed by the housing and rental industry regarding the implementation of this new rule. To be clear, the new law will be in force on Janaury 1, 2020 but enforcement will not begin until January 31, 2020.