Tag: Lawyers Committee for Better Housing

Rogers Park building could be last truly affordable housing option on Chicago’s North Side

Rogers Park building could be  last truly affordable housing option on Chicago’s North Side
In a crumbling Rogers Park high rise, a group of tenants is fighting the building’s new owner to keep in place what may be one of the last few affordable rental housing units in Rogers Park. This is the first story in a series on rental housing in Chicago for the very low income. Happy... Read more »

Report shows another casualty of foreclosure crisis: renters

Report shows another casualty of foreclosure crisis: renters
You hear a lot about the foreclosure crisis and its impact on homeowners. It tore through black and Latino communities like a tornado. But homeowners weren’t the only ones affected. When rental buildings go into foreclosure, the impact on renters can have long-lasting effects–and foreclosures have hit low-income neighborhoods the hardest. The 2012 annual foreclosure... Read more »

Renters unwitting victims of foreclosure; ordinance aims to keep them in their homes

What happens when residential buildings fall into foreclosure because landlords fall behind on their mortgages? Well, sometimes, instead of the landlords getting punished, the tenants do. It’s a problem that The Chicago Reporter investigated back in 2008, when we found that thousands of Chicagoans were facing illegal evictions after their landlords failed to make payments.... Read more »
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Minority renters bear the brunt of rental foreclosures and illegal evictions

Minority renters bear the brunt of rental foreclosures and illegal evictions
The posting addressed “All Unknown Occupants” living in an apartment building on the Northwest Side of Chicago. A new owner had taken control of the structure in a foreclosure action. A mixture of capitalized and bold headings, references to state law, debt collection and promises the owner will file a “Forcible Entry and Detainer Action”... Read more »