Tenants to get upper hand in fixing rents
Would you let your children determine how much allowance they get? Would Apple let you choose your price for a flashy new iphone? No? Well, if the Illinois State Senators (Mattie Hunter – Patricia Van Pelt – Jacqueline Y. Collins, Kimberly A. Lightford, Martin A. Sandoval, Daniel Biss, Kwame Raoul, Antonio Muñoz and Omar Aquino) behind a plan (known as SB3512) to impose state-wide rent control get their way, they’ll be giving tenants the power to set rents. Continue reading
As I mentioned a few days back, there was a meeting in downtown Chicago of the Illinois Special Senate Committee on Housing to discuss rent control legislation. So what happened? Predictable things happened. Community organizers and tenants’ rights advocates filled the room with folks with yellow signs demanding rent control. Landlord and real estate agent activists spoke about the perils of rent control. You can read all about it in an article published in Crain’s Chicago Business. Continue reading
Act Now to Avoid Rent Control
The Chicago Association of Realtors has sent out a request that landlords join them in providing feedback to the Illinois Legislature this week on rent control. The Illinois Senate Special Committee on Housing is holding a rent control hearing this Thursday September 27, 2018 at 9 am in room C600 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building – 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Illinois, related to efforts in the Illinois legislature regarding establishing a statewide rent control policy. The hearing is open to the public. You can also submit a written statement via witness slip at the Senate website by clicking here. Continue reading
Back in 2011 (wow, we have been blogging here for a long time!), I posted about the Cook County Sheriff’s eviction procedure page and how a landlord can know if an eviction is coming up. Back then (and until recently), the Sheriff used to post a Sheriff Number and a District Number. That has changed on the Sheriff’s website, so I thought it was worth providing a small update to that information. Let’s take a look at the Cook County Sheriff’s eviction schedule website. Continue reading
CBS Chicago Channel 2 presented a story yesterday about a management company that is attempting to mass-terminate the leases of tenants in a building it allegedly intends to renovate. At issue is a provision of the lease seemingly allowing the landlord to terminate the lease on 30 days advance notice. What kind of law is involved here? Continue reading
The Affidavit of Service – Don’t Do It! (until after service is made)
The most common problem I encounter lately with Illinois landlords who serve eviction notices is that they don’t understand how to properly sign the form that they serve on their tenant. This misunderstanding can lead to costly delays in that a landlord might have to re-serve a notice or worse yet, might have an eviction case thrown out of court because of a faulty notice. Let’s take a look Continue reading
I’m routinely asked by some of Chicago’s biggest and best brokerage houses to give seminars for their agents on the topic of Chicago leasing procedures and the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. This is one of my favorite things to do – I really enjoy talking about landlord-tenant topics and meeting agents who are working in the trenches. Many agents tell me they wish they had a heads-up about those presentations. Well, this is your fair warning. I’m going to be presenting to the agents of @properties on Chicago Leasing on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10am. Be sure to go through your @coaching procedures to sign up. I look forward to seeing you then!
The University of Washington just released a rental housing study commissioned by the City of Seattle that the Rental Hosing Association of Washington says “supports what landlords have been telling [Seattle] officials for years”. Among the findings were the following:
- 89% of survey respondents said that the landlords’ perspective is not considered by Seattle officials
- 40% of survey respondents said that legislation targeting landlords has led to and is leading to an increase in owners selling rental properties.
That is confirmed by one landlord in Seattle who sold his unit because of Seattle’s laws with respect to security deposits. Does this sound familiar? Could it happen here? Continue reading
Ordinance unfairly targeting landlords about to be introduced
If you read this blog, you are certainly aware of the “Good Cause for Eviction” ordinance championed by first ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno in May earlier this year. Landlords came out in force and Alderman Moreno’s office decided not to introduce the ordinance and instead was going to put together a task force to look at the issues he was proposing. Now, not more than three months later, it looks like he is ready to propose an amendment to the CRLTO that was contained in the Good Cause for Eviction ordinance. Continue reading
The Illinois legislature adjourned its Spring Session on May 31, 2018. Of note was the fact that the body did not vote to pass a number of bills seeking to remove the current statutory state-wide prohibition on rent control. This is good news for landlords… for now.
There is word though that organizations representing landlords believe that tenant activists will be pushing the issue again this coming fall. Worse yet, two of the Democratic Party candidates for governor are in support of a repeal of the current law.
Landlords: remain diligent. Talk to your state representatives. This issue will not go away without your active support.