These landlords are suing to toss out Pritzker’s eviction ban

The group of owners say the temporary measure jeopardizes their businesses and livelihoods

TRD CHICAGO /
Jun.June 26, 2020 02:00 PM
Gov. J.B. Pritzker (Getty)

A group of landlords wants to put an end to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s statewide eviction moratorium (Getty)

A group of landlords is suing to toss out Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s residential eviction ban, arguing that the temporary order has jeopardized their businesses and livelihoods.

The property owners said the freeze “ties the hands of housing providers to enforce our lease agreements,” according to Crain’s. The Illinois Rental Property Owners Association, which represents suburban and downstate landlords, said it supports the effort.

Pritzker imposed the ban in late March as the coronavirus was exploding, and with nonessential businesses shuttered and the state in lockdown. He has since extended the measure as residents lost jobs and suffered under the weight of those stay-at-home orders.

The governor, who mapped out a five-phase return to business for the state in early May — Chicago just entered into Phase 4 to align with the rest of Illinois — said the order would end soon. He said a new program, starting Aug. 1, would include $150 million in grants and as much as $5,000 to residents to pay their rent, Crain’s reported.

But in a statement, the Illinois Property Owners Association said the governor’s new plan doesn’t start soon enough, especially for small property owners. The group says that one of its landlords who filed the suit has a tenant using his apartment as a hotel, according to Crain’s.

The property owners association acknowledged that over 90 percent of renters statewide are current on their payments, the report noted. It was unclear whether Chicago could rescind the eviction ban without the governor’s approval. [Crain’s] — Alexi Friedman


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The coronavirus pandemic led to a 35% drop in new residential projects

Residential construction starts have cratered in Chicago

Residential construction starts have cratered in Chicago
The Robert De Niro and the Nobu Hotel in Fulton Market, which will open July 1. (Credit: Andrew Toth/Getty Images, and Google Maps)

Listen to me carefully: De Niro-backed Nobu Hotel will finally open

Listen to me carefully: De Niro-backed Nobu Hotel will finally open
Russell Galbut’s Crescent Heights acquired a development site at 640 West Washington Boulevard (Google Maps)

Crescent Heights still believes in Chicago

Crescent Heights still believes in Chicago
Home sales tanked in Chicago in May, but more recent data has shown an uptick in homes under contract. (iStock)

Coronavirus sent Chicago home sales to new low in May

Coronavirus sent Chicago home sales to new low in May
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is allowing city restaurants and bars to open for indoor dining — with restrictions — a week ahead of schedule. (Getty)

Order up: Lightfoot to allow indoor dining at restaurants, bars ahead of schedule

Order up: Lightfoot to allow indoor dining at restaurants, bars ahead of schedule
7250 S. Shore Drive is among the South Side residential developments in Better Housing Foundation’s portfolio that will be sold in bankruptcy court. (Credit: Google Maps)

Troubled Southside portfolio will sell for pennies on dollar

Troubled Southside portfolio will sell for pennies on dollar
Giglio’s State Street Tavern and restaurateur Bobby Hitz (Google Maps, Giglio's)

Legal strategy to get out of rent works for Chicago eatery

Legal strategy to get out of rent works for Chicago eatery
A new report in Trepp found delinquency rates have jumped for Chicago area hotels and retailers. From left, Palmer House Hilton and Gurnee Mills mall. (Wikipedia Commons)

Over 30% of Chicago-area hotels with CMBS loans missed May mortgage payments

Over 30% of Chicago-area hotels with CMBS loans missed May mortgage payments
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...