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What Does the Chicago Emergency Travel Order Mean for Apartment Landlords and Renters?

Before the novel Coronavirus reached Chicago, a landlord’s public health dilemmas were somewhat mundane, like whether to allow smoking or pets (other than service animals) on the premises.  Today, as landlords try to adopt safe practices to protect tenants from the transmission of the virus on...

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September 22, 2020 Chicago Landlord Advice & News

Can't Pay Rent During Coronavirus? Help for Landlords During COVID

During the spring of 2020, as Illinois residents hunkered down to try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, furlough notices and job losses started to lead to late or missing rent payments.  Initially, Mayor Lightfoot asked property owners to “give tenants some grace, whenever possible...

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Leasing Apartments During an Unemployment Crisis: What Landlords Should Know

Every renter’s financial circumstances are unique, no doubt about that. And in Chicago, renters are protected from discrimination on the basis of their legal source of income. In other words, if a renter can afford the rent due to unemployment benefits, housing assistance, spousal support or...

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What Landlords Need to Know About Chicago's New 'Fair Notice Ordinance' Requirements

The Chicago City Council approved a revised version of the Fair Notice Eviction Ordinance on July 22, 2020. The ordinance, which provides renters with a one-time right to cure before entry of eviction, also modifies landlord notification requirements with varying time periods for rental...

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A How-To Guide for Landlords and Brokers to Conduct Virtual Apartment Tours

UPDATE July 1, 2020: At the onset of Illinois’ first round of stay-at-home orders in March 2020, many landlords had to quickly roll out alternative plans for showing vacant apartments in Chicago. The go-to solution was virtual showings, where a live video call or pre-recorded walkthrough video...

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