Eviction cases and municipal districts

Right now, there is a bit of a change going on in the Cook County eviction world.  There was a time where any case in Cook County could be brought in the First District downtown (ie. at the Daley Center).  What I believe was an improperly decided foreclosure case seems to suggest that eviction cases must be brought in the smallest judicial subdivision located nearest the property in question.  As a result, eviction attorneys have moved more and more to bringing their suburban cases in the local municipal district.  That is, an eviction in Arlington Heights that could have been brought in the 1st district downtown is now being pursued in the 3rd district courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

As a result, because of our present caseload and the proximity of the collar district courthouses to our office, we are now only accepting engagements to represent clients with issues arising in the First (Chicago at the Daley Center), Second (northern suburban cases at the Skokie courthouse), and third (northwest suburban cases at the Rolling Meadows courthouse) Districts of Cook County.

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Speaking at Chicago Title Seminar 3/5

I am excited to be speaking at a CLE seminar for Chicago Title Insurance Company tomorrow on CRLTO futility and the recent case Boyer v. Buol Properties.

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Chicago to continue pursuit of bad landlords

newlawChicago’s Tenant Protection Ordinance is Powerful.

In case you missed it, back in January, the City of Chicago passed the Eri’ana Patton Smith and Coleman/Clark Kids Tenant Protection Ordinance.  The Ordinance aims to keep bad landlords from doing more business in the City and establishes new and greater fines for building code scofflaws.  Besides incorporating a number of new tenant protections, and prohibiting problem landlords from getting permits or receiving zoning changes, the most visible result is that the City will now publicize a list of the “worst landlords”.  Beginning next month, the City will have the authority to fine a landlord between $500 and $1000 per day under the new law and “problem landlords” will be ineligible to do business with the City, to obtain business licenses, permits, or zoning changes.  Continue reading

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Dream Town Realty CRLTO Seminar

dreamtownI am often humbled by the support I receive from the fabulous community of educated real estate agents in the City of Chicago.  I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to present educational seminars on landlord-tenant topics to some of the creme-de-la-creme of Chicago’s real estate elite.  I regularly present to @properties, Dream Town Realty, Jameson Sotheby’s, and Coldwell Banker offices. Continue reading

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At long last, the CRLTO Interest Rate Summary for 2015 is Available!


I guess landlords were getting good at making their own forms in January to reflect the new rate of interest on security deposits.  Luckily, the City of Chicago has finally released its interest rate summary required by Section 5-12-170 of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO).  The summary (linked here) must be attached to all new and renewal leases executed in 2015.

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Chicago #1 for Bedbugs Third Year in a Row

chibb2Those bebbugs must be doing something right!

The mayor will not be happy.  And maybe we have the start of a narrative about how legislation cannot fix all that ails us.  For the third year in a row, Chicago tops the charts in bedbugs.  Orkin has issued its annual “worst bedbug cities” list.  Despite passage of a sweeping and unbelievably pro-tenant ordinance making landlords clean up the mess caused by bedbugs and keep the proof on top of it.  Apparently, the bedbugs have not taken notice.  Chicago tops Detroit as the worst (or best) place for bedbugs (depending on whether you are human or a bedbug).  I’m sure we will see more on this as time goes on.

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Cook County cancels evictions for the week of January 5, 2015

cancelweek2015Bad weather cancels Cook Co. evictions this week

As I wrote about yesterday, the weather outside is frightful.  And when the weather gets frightful, the circuit court’s general order tends to turn off the eviction spigot.  And in response, the Sheriff has updated his website.  If you look at yesterday’s post, you will see that the Sheriff’s website indicated that “pursuant to court order, all residential real estate evictions shall cease effective 12-18-14 thru 1-5-15″.  That has been replaced with the following (see highlighted area): Continue reading

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Polar Vortex Deja Vous and Eviction

casbahEvictions and the Weather Forecast 2015

Although the eviction moratorium is set to end today, I have my doubts that the Sheriff will be working tomorrow.  The weather forecast for tomorrow (1/6/15) predicts a high of 14 degrees and a low of -4 degrees.  This feels eerily like 2014.  As most Chicago landlords know, the Cook County Sheriff is prohibited by the Clerk of the Circuit Court general order from enforcing evictions (1) whenever the outside temperature is 15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder on the actual day of the eviction or (2) whenever regardless of outside temperature, extreme weather conditions endanger the health and welfare of those to be evicted.  As of 10:45am today (1/5/15), the Sheriff’s eviction schedule website looks like this: Continue reading

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2015 State of Illinois Security Deposit Interest Rate released

staterarte2015Illinois 2015 Security Deposit Interest Rate Announced

The  Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation Division of Banking has finally announced today the interest rate affecting the interest to be paid to tenants on security deposits subject to the Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act (765 ILCS 715).  For the fourth year in a row, the interest rate to be used is 0.005%.

Here are the historical rates for the current and prior year.


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2015 Chicago Security Deposit Interest Rate

2015rateCity of Chicago sets security deposit interest rate for 2015

Well, it’s that time of year when the City of Chicago sets its annual interest rate for security deposits.  For those residential rentals covered by the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, Section 5-12-080 requires landlords to pay interest on security deposits.  The interest rate is adjusted annually.  This year, the rate is Continue reading

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