Alderman Brian Hopkins sponsored O2021-1191, which amends the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) adopted in 1986. The amendments bring basic fairness without stripping tenants of any rights.
The Ordinance was poorly written and is outdated. The Ordinance should have a "may" penalty provision rather than a "shall”. The slightest violation requires an appearance in housing court where the landlord is almost always found guilty and pays two times security deposit, plus interest and lawyer’s fees! Technically, distribution of electronic leases and the accompanying documents is not permitted. Other common violations include clerical mistakes with refunding of the security deposit and failure to list the address of the bank holding the security.
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