The U.S. House of Representatives voted yes to support the pandemic relief package that includes the Homeowner Assistance Fund.

The Homeowner Assistance Fund helps homeowners who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Condo owners may be eligible to apply for the Homeowner Assistance Fund to help with past due assessments, mitigating delinquencies and helping owners to avoid foreclosure.

Contact your legislators to ask them to support this bill so that it can move further in the legislative process.

Unlike the vast majority of Illinois cities and municipalities, Chicago’s Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance contains stringent provisions that require strict landlord compliance. 

On January 25, 2021, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a county-wide version of the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance that mirrors Chicago’s ordinance.

Both ordinances regulate security deposits and provide for statutory damages and attorney’s fees for landlord noncompliance. Additionally, both ordinances delineate landlord and tenant obligations and remedies. 

Beginning June 1, 2021, the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance will apply to all properties located in Cook County. 

Learn more here

Tune in to a Condo/HOA Q&A webinar on Februry 25th to learn about communication, cooperation, collaboration, and conflict resolution.

This Condo/HOA Q&A will focus on:
- Roles and responsibilities of board members, officers, and managers.
- Keeping board members on the same page
- Resolving conflicts between homeowners, board members, and managers
- Standing behind board decisions

The webinar will be streaming live on Youtube on 2/25 from 1-2:30pm. Tune in here

Managing a condo association is complicated. There are so many rules and regulations to keep track of and enforce.

Fair Housing Laws aim to protect diverse populations. 

Here’s what you should know about Fair Housing Laws:

  1. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to make housing unavailable because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.
  2. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in places of public accommodation and commercial facilities.
  3. The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, military status, age, order of protection status, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, unfavorable military discharge, or physical and mental disability. 
  4. Section 8 voucher holders are included in the source of income-protected class under the city and county human rights ordinances.  

Learn more, here

 

The Cook County Treasurer will be releasing 2020 first installment property tax bills soon. Payment will be due March 2, 2021. 

First installments are estimated tax bills, equal to 55% of last years total tax. Any change in your 2020 tax bill will be reflected in the second installment tax bill. If you have a 2020 appeal pending, you must still pay this bill. 

If you have a new PIN for the 2020 tax year, your first installment tax bill will be $0 and all 2020 taxes will be payable in the second installment tax bill. 

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