Lots going on – Illinois amending Human Rights Act

Illinois Landlords Criminal Screening to Change Drastically

I’ve been away busy most of the summer, but plenty has been going on in Illinois and Chicago and not much of it has been good for landlords.  In the coming weeks, I’ll be back with some quick hits to go over some of the important things that have gone on over the last 120 days.

I’ll start with the State of Illinois legislature’s amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act.  This law prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions, financial transactions, employment, and public accommodations based upon membership in a protected class.  Senate Bill SB1780 has passed both houses of the Illinois legislature and has been sent to Governor Pritzker.  if the law is not vetoed by August 31, 2019, it will pass into law and will be effective beginning January 1, 2020. Continue reading

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A victory for landlords in the rent control fight

HB0255 defeated

A number of sources, including Capital Fax, are beginning to report that Rep. Will Guzzardi’s HB0255 intending to repeal the ban on rent control has been defeated in committee.  Other bills remain in both the House and the Senate but this is a major victory for landlords in Illinois.  Landlords need to remain steadfast in their opposition to rent control, an idea that has failed everywhere it has been implemented and roundly criticized by economists.

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Eviction Record Sealing Measure Advances

A few weeks back, I wrote about a senate bill intended to seal eviction records.  A similar measure was filed as HB2299.  NPR is reporting that the measure has passed out of committee.  This is a dangerous proposition for landlords.  As NPR reported, proponents of the measure have indicated that while they acknowledge that landlords want to screen tenants, they do not believe that an eviction filing correlates to a person’s ability to be a good tenant.  Huh? Continue reading

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Now tenants want eviction records sealed

Blinded by the Law

Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt, a Democrat representing Chicago’s in the 5th District, has proposed SB0077 which is a new attempt to pass legislation to seal eviction records.  This concept has popped up in the past and hasn’t gone anywhere, but, as demonstrated by the current fight over rent control, the more progressive members of the legislature have targeted landlords and we seem to be in the middle of an all out effort to overpower landlords in Illinois. Continue reading

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Breaking down the proposed Illinois Rent Control Act Part 3

What’s the Board going to be up to?

Now that State Representative Mary E. Flowers has re-introduced the Rent Control Act (this time in the State House of Representatives), it is important that we continue our breakdown of and commentary on this divisive and likely destructive proposed legislation.  I will no longer analyze the amended text of last years Senate Bill 3512 but will now be reviewing the proposed HB2192.  In this third part of our review Continue reading

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Illinois Rent Control Act introduced by House Rep. Flowers

Anti-Landlord Measure back on the table

It’s back.  On February 7, 2019, 31st district state Representative Mary Flowers introduced House Bill 2192 establishing the the Illinois Rent Control Act to the state legislature.  I have not yet made an exhaustive review of the legislative text, but it looks shockingly similar to the second version of the bill introduced to the State Senate last summer.  It’s not good and Continue reading

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Federal law provides servicemember’s families right to terminate lease

Relief for spouse of deceased militaryAs 2018 came to a close, the President signed a bill known as the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act that provides federal rental relief to a serviceperson’s survivors.  The provision, introduced by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and provides some relief for the spouse of a deceased service person to terminate a lease.  The text of the provision is as follows: Continue reading

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Breaking down the proposed Illinois Rent Control Act Part 2

Digging a bit deeper

UPDATE: These provisions track with the newly introduced (Feb 9, 2019) House Bill 2192 introduced by State Representative Mary E. Flowers.  Changes in the law have been highlighted below.

Today, we will get back to making an examination of the proposed text of SB3512 (Amended 5/30/18). I want to quickly note that this bill is no longer pending before the Illinois legislature as a new legislative session began on January 9, 2019, but I would be surprised if the law was not reintroduced.  In this second part of our analysis, we will break down and examine sections 15 and 20. Continue reading

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Rep. Guzzardi introduces bill to allow rent control

He’s Baaaa-aack!

The 101st General Assembly began work yesterday (January 9, 2019) and on the first day in session, 309th district state representative Will Guzzardi (D) once again introduced House Bill 255 (HB0255) to repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act that prohibits the imposition of rent control laws in Illinois.  Continue reading

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2019 State of Illinois Security Deposit Interest Rate Released

2019 Illinois Security Deposit Interest RateState Rate Released

The folks at the Illinois IDFPR have finally issued a press release indicating the 2019 security deposit interest rate for leases of residential real property governed by the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act which 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

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