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Lawyers, Low-Income Housing & Other Resources

last updated on April 23, 2010 – 11:00 PM20 comments

This is an informational resource list. None of the following organizations have affiliation with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.

Legal Organization Referrals

Evictions (tenant must be low-income)

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (referral must be faxed)…………..312-784-3527

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (serves Spanish speakers)………………..…312-332-1624

Chicago Legal Clinic (retaliatory eviction only) (serves Spanish speakers)………773-731-1762

Advice before court or to get an extension to stay:

CARPLS Advice Desk Room 602, Daley Center located at Station 7 – Pro se defendants only

Kent Law School Advice Desk Room 602, Daley Center – Pro se defendants only

Illinois Legal Aid Online Pro Se  www.IllinoisLegalAid.org  www.AyudaLegalIl.org

Tenants in CHA or HUD housing or on a Section 8 program

LAF (must fit under income guidelines)…312-341-1070

(unit conditions ONLY)……………….312-229-6093

Cabrini Green Legal Aid……..312-738-2452

Security Deposit Defense

Chicago Legal Clinic (deposit must be $2500 & over) ($30 1st visit & court)….773-731-1762

Cabrini Green Legal Clinic (income guideline & $20.00 fee)……….312 738 2452

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing……(312) 784-3527

Tenants over 60 years of age

Chicago Department on Aging………312-744-4016

Tenants with Disabilities And Seniors

Mayor’s Office for People with disability up to age 59 ……….312-744-6673

Legal Clinic for the Disabled and seniors (must receive referral from Chgo. Dept. Of Aging)……. 312-908-4463

Center for Disability and Elder Law (they also cover legal issues beyond Tenant/Landlord)………312 376 1880

Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)…………………………………………………………………..773-769-0205

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Chicago HELPLINE………………………………………………….312-563-0445

Tenants living in Logan Square or surrounding neighborhoods:

Micah Legal Aid……… …….773 463-6768

Tenants living in or around Uptown area 60640

Uptown People’s Law Office (Eviction Defense Only) ………… ………773-769-1411

Suburbanites with questions

CARPLS (Cook County, serves Spanish speaking tenants too)…… …..312-738-9200

Open Communities (North & Northwest Cook County Suburbs)…847-501-5760

Prairie State Legal Services DeKalb & Kane………..630-232-9415

Du Page……… ..630-690-2130

Kane………….…630-232-9415

Lake & McHenry………847-662-6925

Will………………815-727-5123

Peoria…………….309-674-9831

MTO Lawyer Referral List

PRIVATE ATTORNEYS

Aldon Patt (security deposit) ……….312-641-0885

Berton N. Ring (class action & appellate, Mold Inspectors)…………..312-781-0290

Brian Gilbert (eviction, security deposit, and consumer defense)….872-216-4615

Daniel M. Starr (security deposits, evictions and class actions)………….. 312-346-9420

David Morris (security deposit, affirmative RLTO, class actions, retaliation, lockouts, illegal entry, trespass, and utility theft if $3000 or more is owed to tenant) Chicago, Mt. Prospect, Oak Park and Evanston………………312-986-3200

Hall Adams (bed bugs, must demonstrate via paper trail that the bed bug issue has occurred)……………….. 312-445-4900

Joan Fenstermaker (security deposit, retaliation, foreclosure, illegal lockouts and illegal late fees)…….312-371-6473 or http://givemebackmydeposit.com/

John Norkus (security deposit, unit conditions, evictions, consumer)…312-600-7457

Joseph F. Vitu    ……….312-726-2323

Susan Ritacca …………… 872-222-6960

Michael A. Childers (security deposit, other legal advice)………..312- 641-1900 (speak or leave message with Beverly Hadley)

Mike Radzilowsky (primarily evictions)   …………312-986-0600

Morgan Cook (tenant-landlord law, debt collection defense)…………………….312-880-7215 or www.legalmcfirm.com

Paul Bernstein (security deposit).…1-866-769-2892

William Moore (security deposits, affirmative RLTO) ……………….. 708-268-3495

Chicago Bar Association (for other Attorney referrals)…………….312-554-2001
(Free Legal Advice every 3rd Saturday of the month & no income guidelines.)

Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission………….…. (312) 565-2600

Government & Other Resources

Ameritech Reverse Directory (to find landlord address)…………411

CEDA (weatherization program for low income)……………800-571-2332

Center for Conflict Resolution (Mediation)……………312-922-6464

CHAC Fraud Hotline…………………………..800-533-0441

CHA………………………………312-935-2600

Chicago Dept. on Aging + (disabled & tenants over 60)…………312-744-4016

Chicago Department of Childhood Lead Poisoning….(312) 747-5323

Chicago Dept. of Community Development……………………………311 or 312.744.5000

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA Housing and Sec. 8)…………312-742-8500

CHA Hotline (for complaints about CHA management)……………………1-800-544-7139

Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (to find out if you’re being sued)…………312-603-5030

Citizen’s Utility Board (complaints about utility bill)…………..…800-669-5556

Condo Owners………. 312-987-1906

Cook County Recorder of Deeds (Sale of Property Info)………312-603-5050

Cook County Sheriff’s Eviction Unit…………….312-603-3365

Cook County States Attorney Consumer Fraud………..312-814-3000

Department of Consumer Services (sec. deposit & utility theft complaints) …312-744-4090

Department of Human Services (emergency shelter)………312-746-5400

Eviction Court…………………..312-603-6486
Or cookcountyclerkofcourt.org (full docket search)

For Building Inspections & Emergency Rental Assistance…………..311 or 312-744-5000

HOME (Seniors needing help moving) …………..(773) 921-1332

MTO Hotline* – Tenants Rights …. 773-292-4988 (M-F, 1-5pm)

HUD Complaints about Section 8 Counselor……………….312-353-6236

HUD…………………………..312-353-7776

IL Commerce Commission (regulates utility providers)…………800-524-0795

Independent Police Review Authority (to file complaint against police) ……………… 312-745-3609

Lakeside CDC (condo owners)……………………..773 381 5253

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)………..312-795-8800

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (social support for the elderly)…………312-455-1000

Pro Se Court, Rm 602, Daley Center (for claims up to $1500)……….312-603-5626

Rental Assistance & Utility Assistance………311 or 312.744.5000, ask for short term help

Shriver Center (victims of sexual & domestic assault)………….……..….312-263-3830

Small Claims Court (for claims between $1500 to $5000) .Civil Division…..312-603-5145

United States Postal Service……………………………….800-275-8777

Discrimination

Access Living (disability 226-1687TDD-hearing impaired)………312-640-2100

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law………312-630-9744

Commission on Human Relations (all discrimination complaints)…312-744-4111

Illinois Department of Human Rights (Fair Housing Division)………………..312-814-6227

John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal clinic…………312-786-2267

Latinos United (referrals and trainings)………….312-226-0151

Foreclosure

newschicago.org or cookcountyassessor.com (to get PIN # of the property, then call recorder of deeds)

Recorder of Deeds……………………………………312-603-5050

(Give them PIN# to see if apt. has a case #, if it has a case number call Chancery Court 312-603-5133)

Neighborhood Housing Services (landlords facing foreclosure)…………….773-329-4010

Tenants in foreclosure (income guideline & costs)

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (referral must be faxed).……312- 784-3507

(Statewide)……………………….855-207-8347

Low-Income Housing Resources:

www.ILHousingSearch.org

Bickerdike Apartments (low-income housing)…………………………………………773-227-6332
– Provides housing for low-income tenants.

Chicago Housing Authority…………………………………………………….. …….. (312) 742-8500
– The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal housing rental assistance program. It allows low-
income families to rent good housing in the private market. The voucher program pays a portion of their rent each month directly to the property owner or manager.

Cook County Housing Authority…………………………………………………………(312)542-4728
– Provides access to decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate income individuals, families,
elderly and/or disabled within suburban Cook County.

Earthly Women Corp. ……………………………………………………………………..708 822 3786
– Serves women and single parents.

East Lake Management & Development Corp…………………………………..……..312.842.5500
– Offers affordable housing to tenants throughout the chicagoland area.

Habitat Corp……………………………………………………………………..…….….(312)527-5700
– Provides housing for low-income tenants.

Heartland Alliance……………………………………………………………………..….312- 660-1300
– They build and advocate for safe, high-quality housing and supportive services for people experiencing
homelessness, poverty, or chronic illness.

Hispanic Housing Development Corporation………………………………………… (312) 602-6500
– Provides housing for low-income families and the elderly.

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)………….……. 773-921-3200
– Committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s low-income elderly, Housing Opportunities and
Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) helps seniors remain independent and part of their community by
offering opportunities for intergenerational living and by providing a variety of citywide support services.

Housing Opportunities for Women…………………………………………….………(773) 465-5770
– Their goal is to help homeless women and children exit the homeless shelter system as quickly as possible
by providing rental subsidies to secure permanent housing. They also offer employment services.

IL Housing Development Authority……………………………………………….…… (312)836-5200
– Help create and fund affordable housing programs across the state.

Mercy Housing Lakefront Office………………………………………………………….312.447.4500
– To create stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable,
program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic
resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.

Landlords seeking assistance

Chicago Rents Right…….………………312-742-7369

Spanish Coalition for Housing…………773-276-7633

Community Investment Corporation……………312 258 0070

or via email (preferred): taft.west@cicchicago.com

Neighborhood Housing Services (landlords facing foreclosure)…………….773-329-4010

Resources for Homeowners:

Partners In Community Building, Inc…………….312.328.0873
– Financial Literacy, Credit Repair, Other services

Translation Services:

Chinese American Service League (Translation, Southside)…………………312-791-0418

Chinese Mutual Aid (Translation, North side)……………………………………773-784-2900

Polish American Association……………………………………………..773-282-8206

Resources for writing letters or other areas of support (citywide)

LIFT- Chicago Uptown Office…………………………773-303-0700

LIFT- Chicago Pilsen Office……………………………312-994-8387

20 Comments »

  • jo says:

    I have a separate question regarding my last housing situation…Can you offer any direction on dealing with roommates who collect a sec dep and don’t return it? Wondering if I treat her as a landlord. This was in Evanston. No lease, just month-to-month agreement and I gave 30 days notice. Am planning to send a demand letter / file in small claims court if necessary and would prefer to sound like I know what I’m talking about.

    • Did you have a signed agreement with anyone? The landlord would be whoever you had the agreement with. If there was a lease and the lease is not yet up then you may have to wait until the lease is up. If you moved in and were basically a sub-leasee then the individual who is collecting rent and the security deposit would be responsible. If it is a group of people and no one is charge then that will present further problems but you could name everyone in a suit. Yes the first place to start is with a demand letter. Here is link to the Evanston tenant laws https://www.scribd.com/doc/44787677/Evanston-Resident-Landlord-Tenant-Ordinance.

  • jo says:

    I live in an “affordable housing” building and am having no luck finding the rules that apply. Are they covered by the RLTO? I need to break my lease 2 months early and inquired about subletting. It’s allowed in my lease (also IL law?) but the manager told me they don’t allow it. I can leave early but they will keep my deposit. Do I have the right to get my deposit back if I tried to sublet and was denied the right to do so?

    Another option: I have been told a bedbug disclosure notice is required by law. I did receive the form, but it said there were no known issues in the building. I have since found out that is not true. (I also got bedbugs, which was a huge nightmare.) A bed bug registry website has reports for this building going back years. So I was provided false information. Would this be legal grounds for breaking the lease (and getting my deposit back)?

    • All rental units in the City of Chicago are covered unless the owner lives on the premises and it is less than 7 units, hotels and motels may not be covered, dorms, hospitals etc. Subsidized housing is covered.

      As for subletting, the landlord can put the same restrictions on a sublettor that they placed on you when you moved in. If there is a waiting list and that is the way that units are rented then you may have some problems. The sublettor will be required to fit the income guidelines you had to meet. The landlord does have have to try and mitigate your damages so they need to move someone else in as quickly as possible. You are responsible for the time the unit remains vacant. If you deposit equals one month rent then it will depend on how quickly the unit is rented.

      As for bed bug question, I do not think breaking you lease is a remedy to the landlord failing to provide notice. You may have problems with that as you would have to prove that the bed bugs existed at the time you moved in and that the landlord knew about it.

      Did the landlord provide you a summary of the landlord and tenants ordinance? If not that is a reason, for which you can terminate the lease and move out.

  • Amy says:

    I’m in a sticky situation with my building manager right now.

    First of all, he came into my apartment without warning (he claimed he tried to get in contact with us, but all he did was email my roommate asking her to call him- which she did and he never answered) and asked us to move out by the end of March (our lease ends August 31). He claimed the building is unsafe to live in and they’re going to do major construction to the building. He offered to pay for moving costs and move us to another two-bedroom 2.5 miles away and we’d pay same rent until the end of August.

    We eventually found out through email that he has no actual proof the building is unsafe to live in and he’s not “requiring” us to move out. He was just hoping to make an arrangement so we’d vacate the building so they can gut this place and make a lot more money off the apartments (it’s a great location). We told him we weren’t moving because it’s a great inconvenience and we were already planning on moving separately at the end of August.

    On top of all this mess, they’re doing MAJOR construction to the apartment above us from 8am-5pm. The noise is unbearable and I work at a late bar, so I haven’t been able to sleep much with this construction. Not sure what my rights are here.

    Now he’s offering to terminate our lease at the end of April and we wouldn’t have to pay April’s rent AND we’d each get $500 to help with moving costs. None of this is in writing yet, but he kept calling us until we answered and he gave us this offer. We are considering this deal, but are wondering if we are entitled to more money as this is rushing our finding new separate apartments. And his way of dealing with this situation has been very poor and sketchy. We deserve better. WHAT ARE OUR RIGHTS?!

    Thanks!

    • The landlord cannot force you to move prior to the end of the lease. You can always make a counter offer and ask for more money. If you make an agreement get it in writing.

      Noise is s difficult situation to deal with in that there are no specific laws covering the situation. Certainly the landlord has to give you 2 days notice anytime the owner or their agent intends to enter your unit.

  • Sonia Martinez says:

    Need help quick! Im located in Melrose Park IL.. Since the beginning the Landlord had promised us that he will fix many many wrongs in this house which he never did, we have a lease for a year and we paid a deposit. We paid him cash for rent and the deposit, and he would not give us a receipt he always had the excuse that he was out of town or he was too busy he forgot, it just kept going like this for months. Than, the lease says one amount for rent and we are paying $1675 a month instead of $1550 which is what says in the lease. The reason why he is evicting us is because we decided to start paying in check instead of cash like we usually did, and he refused it, he said he only accepts cash or he would evict us. A week or two after he placed a 5 day notice in our back door (in which we noticed one day because we were stepping out of the house) we paid him the rent for October 2016, this was on the last days of the month we paid him the $1675 cash. Days later we received a second 5 day noticed from a women at the door, it said we owed $1795 for October including late fees, or late rent, which is not true. WE DO NOT OWE HIM ANY RENT FOR OCTOBER, and we never paid him late or partial, it was always on time and $1675 every month. I have a 2 yr old daughter, the conditions in this house are not fit for a child, or anyone. there are squirrels inside the walls all over the house, the basement has black mold and floods every couple times a month, theres those many-legged insects all on the walls in the basement, the ceiling is breaking in one of the rooms and walls on the upstairs stair hall is cracked. I need a low income/free attorney to help me and my family get our deposit back, help us stay there longer until we find an apartment, and remove charges/ seal record due many wrong doings of the landlord and because we owe him nothing.

    • I do not now if Illinois has a law that requires landlords to accept forms other than cash. What does the lease state? If the lease makes no mention of the cash payment only then you should be able to pay in any of the usual modes of payment. It is probably best to begin documenting the situation in writing. You may want to send the landlord a letter stating that on such and such a day we sent you a check for $1675. No where in the lease does it say that we have to pay cash. The reason that we are paying by check is because despite our repeated requests you have never provided us with a receipt. the check will act as a receipt. We need to have documentation of our rent payments.

  • Molly says:

    HELP! My landlord is crazy…I live in a 3 flat and my boiler and hotwater heater are in the basement of the building, the laundry hotwater heater is also down there. Back in July the basement flooded and the pilot lights went out on all three. I got my hotwater heater re-lit but couldn’t get the other two lit. I called my landlord on 7/9, 7/23 to notify her of the problem. She did nothing to fix either appliance. Jump ahead to 9/15…I called her again to notify her of the problem, she contacted a service co. which i had to take a day off of work to sit here and wait for on 9/23, they came out, said she needed ‘parts’ and no repairs were made. Then on the 28th i get a call from some other service co. telling me they’re calling to schedule an appointment for service. I couldn’t take more time off of work, so i directed them back to the landlord to schedule an appt. The landlord aclls me later that day all frantic and aggitated telling me i need to be there and why am I being uncooperative…etc. So I explain to her for the millionth time that i work during the week and can’t sit around her building waiting on service men for her, i suggest she fin a service co with weekend hours so i can accmmodate and she refuses. Bottom line is i havent had heat 9/15 – 9/30 which is a clear violaton of the city ordinance, so i sent her a letter telling her that i’m withholding rent for the day i’ve been without heat. So what does she do??? She has her friend John call me and threaten me…now i don’t know what to do…is 3 phone notifications from me along wit hmultiple notifications from one of the other tenants? or should i pay the full rent amount and sue her? These past two weeks have been hell…its not my fault I can’t afford a hotel for two weeks, i had to stay.

    • Before you reduce the rent for no heat or for that matter any other repair item, the Chicago law requires tenants to notify the landlord in writing that about the problem and what steps you intend to take. It sounds like this was not done. Here is link to the your options for remedying heat related problems https://www.tenants-rights.org/heat-other-essential-services-faq/.

      As for being threatened by your landlord, that could be viewed as retaliation. You may want to consult with an attorney about that. Finally on the next cool day you may want to request an heat inspection from the City of Chicago by calling 311. The problem there is you may have to be home though if your neighbor is home more often it may be better to suggest the neighbor call.

  • I strongly urge that MTO adapt the software being used here so that when a NEW inquiry comes in from a tenant (or landlord) that that comment is immediately emailed to everyone who wishes to be on the list of those willing to handle such inquiries.

    Many inquiries by tenants relate to emergencies, as well as general inquiries. Time is almost always of the essence, particularly when an inquiring party has made the effort to find MTO and enter a comment.

    Can and will MTO inquire as to whether this software allows such “email forwarding” to get so involved who wishes to?

    Paul Bernstein
    paulbernstein@yahoo.com

  • Shawn says:

    I rent a townhome with a subsidy attached. I have recently found out that my rent was not being applied to my account for a year. I have some of my checks and money orders but not all.

    The management company has now in turned told me that I was reporting incorrect income and that I now owe HUD back money. Also in my file I found that my signature was forged on some of the documents. I received copies of the documents and you can clearly noticed that it is not my signature. On Wednesday I met with the management office to discuss the situation at hand and I received a document with a payment agreement and was told that if I didn’t sign my lease would be terminated. So I signed under duress.

    At this point I don’t know what to do.

  • Gerard Dominguez says:

    I rent a condo unit in Roger’s Park since 2009. I recently in the last 30 days renewed my lease for another year with the owners representative (owners brother as owner has been gone for last two years in her native country). Just days after the lease renewal I came home to an eviction notice from the Cook County Sheriff on behalf of Wachovia Bank with the owners name on it. It says the order for possession was set in october of last year 2010. There have been many units in foreclosure in this building, and all units have been served over time notices to vacate or options on relocation from Fannie Mae and other companies, I never saw something like this.

    It says if I am not the person named on the notice I may be able to stay for 120 days, may be able not for sure. I have to provide proof of residency like a utility bill and go downtown during the day. I am at work during the day and cannot afford any time off as I am not entitiled to leave without pay. If I miss a day at work I could lose my job as I am in my first 90 days of employment. I know I am not getting my security back 1.5 months of money lost. There was no previous indication from the bank or anyone that this was in foreclosure isn’t there some other notice that must be posted prior to the eviction? Is there anyone I can contact for more time to put together a new security deposit and 1st months rent? I also have bad credit after losing my job in 2009 and falling behind on bills, making it even harder to find a place to live. I have two children that live with their mother, but I have them every weekend per courtorder, so I need a 2 bed apartment to accomidate thier sleeping situation. This has really caused a major issue for me and the notice left no number to contact, it only says go in person. IF I go in person I may lose my job. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Again previously no notice was posted, just the eviction notice on 03/11/2011.

    Thank you,

    Renter in Dispair

    • Meron Kahssai says:

      The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act requires the foreclosing bank to honor the rest of your lease. However, you mentioned that you signed a new lease in the last month. My concern is that if you signed a lease after the confirmation of sale (meaning after your landlord has lost ownership), your lease may be void. Your first step is to call the Foreclosure Court – Chancery Division at (312)603-5133 to find out when the confirmation of sale was. If the confirmation of sale was before the date you and your landlord signed the lease, I recommend speaking to an attorney to discuss your options. Email me at meron@tenants-rights.org if you would like an attorney referral. If it’s determined that the new lease is not valid, then the law requires that you are given at least 90 days before your tenancy is terminated.

      Secondly, if the sale has already been confirmed, you should not be paying rent to your landlord as he/she is no longer the legal owner. You can inquire with the lender to find out where you should be sending your rent payment. You must pay rent the entire time you reside there, or else you’ll risk eviction. If there is confusion on where to send your rent, you should escrow the money until you find out. An easy way to do this is buy purchasing money orders by your rent due date each month. You will want to hold on to these money orders in the event your lender demands payment.

      As far as your security deposit is concerned, if your tenancy is governed by the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, your lender is liable for the deposit. If you are renting a condo in Rogers Park, you should be covered, unless your landlord occupies it with you. If your tenancy is not governed by the Chicago RLTO, then your landlord is still liable. Your landlord will have 45 days after your move out to refund the deposit to you. Being that your landlord has just lost a huge asset, it may be difficult to retrieve your deposit and you may need to go to small claims to sue. You can sue for the deposit, interest, court fees, and possibly a penalty of double the deposit.

      Regarding traveling downtown during business hours, I understand your concern about missing work. You may be able to send a representative in your place to prove your residency there. If there is a phone number on the notice, you can call and inquire about your options as far as proving residency without being present.

      If you still need assistance with a security deposit or first month’s rent, you can call 311. Be sure to inform the 311 operator that your landlord is in foreclosure as this may determine if, and how speedy, they can accommodate you.

      -Meron

  • Michelle says:

    I have asked my landlord to notify me before entering my apartment except in emergencies, when he is allowed to enter at any time. I have needed him to come in frequently to make repairs and have complained to my leasing company about his inability to make correct or timely repairs or to maintain common areas.

    I feel he has retaliated against me by not making an emergency repair to my apartment (not turning my pilot light back on after making repairs to the apartment boiler while turning others back on). He even said to my boyfriend and to the People’s Energy workers that the reason why he did not turn my pilot light back on was because I complain too much and that he was afraid of coming in without my permission. However, the apartment filled to such high levels of gas that we were told to leave the apartment immediately.

    I dont have any money to consult a lawyer. And I am not sure what to do. I am afraid that this will escalate and the leasing company is not being helpful and is actually taking the side of the building manager.

    • I am not sure how to answer your question. Interpreting the meaning of retaliation is a job for an attorney. It is illegal for the landlord to evict someone for asking for repairs. It is important to document what you do and the actions of the landlord. For instance if you request repairs you can document the request by putting it in writing. There are other steps that you can take and in this case it may be best to consult an attorney.

    • Michelle: MTO has a list of attorneys who have volunteered to help tenants in need, and many of them on the list, or at least some of them, will provide guidance and help without a fee. On the other hand, very often, especially if there is retaliation, lawyers who help tenants such as yourself CAN COLLECT legal fees, but under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance if it applies) the tenant’s lawyer can collect the fees from THE LANDLORD. Contact MTO via voice or the HotLineOnLine for more information on this.

      Paul Bernstein

  • David Zwaska says:

    Could you please confirm or edit the following information on foreclosure?

    “If the foreclosure case began after November 20, 2008, the landlord does have to tell current tenants about foreclosure filings within 7 days of being served with a foreclosure complaint. The landlord must also inform any potential tenants before they move in. Tenants who are not properly informed about the foreclosure can sue for $200 in damages and/or terminate their leases.”

    Thank you,
    David Zwaska

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