CAA Members Testify on "Just Housing"
CAA Testifies at the Cook County Rules and Administration Hearing on September 4, 2019
- An owner must notify an applicant they have satisfied pre-qualification before running a criminal check.
- An owner is limited in the types of crimes they can consider in a background check.
- Convictions within a five year period can only be considered
- Applicant has five business days to notify provider of intent to appeal decision.
- Applicant has additional five business days to produce evidence regarding appeal.
- Owner has three business days to then approve/deny based on evidence
- Owners must not offer the unit to another applicant until final decision is made, post-appeal
Members of the Chicagoland Apartment Association share the goal of helping justice-involved persons obtain housing and successfully transition back to society, but at the end of the day, property owners and managers have a moral, legal, and financial responsibility to protect current tenants from risk in apartment communities and they take their responsibilities very seriously. CAA appreciates member feedback regarding the Just Housing Ordinance and will pivot its focus to member education once the Rules are finalized. You can learn more on the Just Housing Ordinance on our website.