Chicago’s renters have been hit hard by the economic downturn caused by shutdowns and stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now eight weeks into the stay-at-home order, many non-essential workers are struggling to pay the rent, buy groceries, and pay for other essential expenses.
Renters are turning to landlords for rent relief. April rent collection was reportedly down over 60%.
Landlords want to heed Mayor Lightfoot’s call to provide some grace to their tenants. But landlords have financial challenges, too – they are obligated to continue to maintain apartment buildings and to pay the upcoming second installment property tax bill that is due in August, and make mortgage or loan payments.
Some of the collar counties are weighing whether they can afford to waive late fees and interest payments for their upcoming property tax bills. Reportedly, Cook County has not yet evaluated this type of reprieve for Chicago’s property owners.
Want to advocate to your Cook County elected officials for temporary relief?
Relief could come in the form of deferred payments and waived late fees and interest payments for the upcoming August property tax bill. Domu drafted a form letter that tells the story of Chicago’s struggling landlords. Perhaps you would like to send it to the policy makers who have the authority to grant relief.
You can download a PDF copy of this letter and there's space for Cook County landlords to fill in the name of their County Board Commissioner (look up your district and commissioner here) and add a signature before sending it to their elected officials.
Domu’s mission has always been to help Chicago’s tenants find a place to call home and to help landlords find tenants for their Chicago apartments. We recognize that Chicago’s tenants and landlords are facing devastating financial hardships and hope that this petition helps everyone get through this very challenging time. Domu owns no property and has no property tax bill to pay.
DISCLAIMER: Domu is not a lobbyist, a lawyer, or a law firm. We are an internet listing service focusing on Chicago rental apartments. Domu does not provide legal advice and does not represent you or anyone in property tax appeals or any other legal matter.