News agencies across the City of Chicago are reporting that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is calling for a local property management company to stop serving illegal eviction notices. (This story has a copy of the purported notice which is obviously not a notice from the Sheriff) A number of Chicago aldermen and the Chicago Anti-Eviction campaign are also protesting the company along with Sheriff Dart. The reports indicate that Dart alleges that the property management company is serving notices informing tenants that foreclosure proceedings are underway, that the tenants must vacate immediately, and that the Sheriff will be out soon to evict the tenants.
My loyal readers are well aware that there is only one way to legally evict a tenant in Chicago – to have the Sheriff of Cook County enforce an order for possession obtained from a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. That’s it. Unfortunately, it is landlord practices like the ones in the Sheriff’s allegations that cause landlords to end up with lopsided laws that protect tenants like those embodied in the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. Worse yet, a new batch of aldermen are given one more reason to support the “Keep Chicago Renting” ordinance which will likely impose even more regulation on landlords.
Landlords and tenants alike should stand up against illegal eviction procedures. A few bad apples spoil the bunch.