Chicago City Council Approves Problem Landlord List
CHICAGO – The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance to publish a list of "problem landlords" whose residential buildings have repeatedly been subject to enforcement proceedings that resulted in a finding of liability for serious building code violations. Owners on the list would be ineligible for city licenses and permits and would be prohibited from doing business with the city. The ordinance was enacted on Jan. 21, in part, in reaction to the death of four children who perished in a recent apartment fire where no working smoke detectors were found. According to reports, the property owner failed to install smoke detectors after repeated warnings.
The Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA) plans to meet with the city officials to discuss the standards and threshold for determining eligibility for the list to ensure that only the most egregious violators are affected and responsible owners are not unduly penalized.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel proposed the list after a number of violations were reported related to non-functioning heat. The ordinance moved very quickly through the council. The list will be published on the Department of Building’s website.
Source: Chicagoland Apartment Association, Chicago Tribune