Support Proactive Rental Inspections
We all know that housing is a basic human need and, indeed, we believe it should be considered a basic human right. But what does this right mean if families are insecure in the place they call home? Unsafe and unsanitary conditions – lead, mold, roaches, and inadequate heat – continue to be the #1 problem for tenants. If adopted, the Chicago Healthy Homes Inspection Program (CHHIP) would be a proactive rental inspection program that would, over time, improve the quality of housing stock, promote development without displacement, and include a special focus on dealing with lead contamination of young children.
Support “Just Cause” for Evictions
Illinois law continues to allow landlords to evict families without fault on the part of the renter. This typically occurs by giving renters a 30-day notice terminating their tenancy, and then suing them for eviction. Eviction filings harm renter’s credit reports, making it difficult to secure new housing. Many of the 30,000 evictions each year in Chicago are filed by banks who foreclose on landlords, or by profiteers engaging in mass evictions. Under Just Cause, landlords would need a legitimate reason to evict such as non-payment of rent, destruction of property, or removing the unit from the rental market. Just Cause Evictions allow renters to stay in their homes longer and invest in their community. Just Cause protects working families & vulnerable renters such as seniors, the disabled, and families with school-aged children. It’s time to promote neighborhood & family stability!