Serving Skokie rental property owners, renters and homeowners
Don't Let This Happen!
Like Skokie's new Tenant Tax, on the face of it, these statewide proposals sound positive. They are packaged in anticrime causes and say it will help evict bad tenants, but hidden inside are dangers, lies and more taxes. If you are currently a landlord (even if renting out your house or condo) or tenant, these laws will impact you. These bills are written in such a way as to make it more expensive and sometimes physically impossible for good landlords (those who obey the rules & care about their tenants) to remain in Illinois. For details on why laws like these won't work, read through the STOP TENANT TAX pages. Then please contact your legislators and tell them to hold off on passing these laws. Calls/emails to those that sit on the committees is very important.
Important Legislative Announcement
The Illinois Legislature is considering a Bill that would regulate application fees charged for tenants. As a property manager, landlord, or realtor, this legislation directly affects the way you do business. We oppose this legislation and strongly urge you to contact your state representative and express your opposition. Because this is an election year, you have a greater opportunity for input.
Representative Mell has introduced HB3080 which would amend the Forcible Entry and Detainer Act to give neighbors the standing to evict fellow neighbors. This bill has a dangerous potential to enable racial profiling and harassment. If you have ever had a disagreement with a neighbor, be very afraid.... they could have you evicted, based on their accusations alone.
The bill adds alleged gang-related activity to the grounds for eviction under the existing section of the forcible act that provides expedited procedures when there is criminal activity at a rental property. The bill then allows neighbors of a property to demand that a landlord evict tenants under this section. If the landlord does not initiate an eviction then the neighbors can do so themselves, even if the landlord concludes there is no gang activity going on. You can find the text of the bill at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/PDF/09800HB3080lv.pdf.