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Sale of North Side SROs tests new city preservation law

Sale of North Side SROs tests new city preservation law: Sun Times

Residents of three single-room occupancy hotels on the North Side have been informed the properties are for sale in what shapes up as the first major test of the city’s new SRO preservation ordinance.

The Dolins family, owners of the vintage Marshall Hotel, 1232 N. LaSalle, Carling Hotel, 1512 N. LaSalle and Darlington Hotel, 4700 N. Racine, gave official notice to the city Jan. 28 of their intent to sell and followed up with letters to the tenants.

Renters outnumber homeowners in Chicago, 8 other cities

Renters outnumber homeowners in Chicago, 8 other cities: Chicago Tribune

Renters in nine of the nation's 11 largest metropolitan areas, including Chicago, outnumbered homeowners in 2013, causing a scarcity of rental apartments, particularly for the neediest consumers, according to a study released Monday.

Along with Chicago, where there was a 12 percent increase in renters from 2006 to 2013, there were more renters than homeowners in Miami, Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York City and Dallas.

'Problem Landlord List' Approved by City Council

Problem Landlord List Approved by City Council: DNA Info

The City Council moved Wednesday to create a "problem landlord list" to shame scofflaw landlords into addressing problems in their buildings.

By a 49-0 vote, the council approved an ordinance giving the Department of Buildings authority to create and publish the list. A landlord found "liable" in administrative hearings on two violations within two years would be placed on the list.

Buildings Commissioner Felicia Davis said in committee testimony Tuesday that the first list would be published on the department website on Monday.