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Chicago SRO legal battle infested with bedbugs

With the Milshire Hotel closing, does the door shut on bedbugs?
Chicago SRO legal battle infested with bedbugs: RedEye

At one point in the legal battle between residents of a Logan Square single-room occupancy building and the landlord who wanted them out, residents actually used bedbugs as a weapon in their argument to stay put.

You Thought the Mortgage Crisis Was Over? It's About to Flare Up Again

You Thought the Mortgage Crisis Was Over? It's About to Flare Up Again: New Republic

We are nearly eight years removed from the beginnings of the foreclosure crisis, with over five million homes lost. So it would be natural to believe that the crisis has receded. Statistics point in that direction. Financial analyst CoreLogic reports that the national foreclosure rate fell to 1.7 percent in June, down from 2.5 percent a year ago. Sales of foreclosed properties are at their lowest levels since 2008, and the rate of foreclosure starts—the beginning of the foreclosure process—is at 2006 levels.

Future of affordable housing unclear after SRO tenant deals

Future of affordable housing unclear after SRO tenant deals: SunTimes

In a bid to preserve his home in Logan Square’s bug-infested Milshire Hotel, Fred Bartels testified before the City Council just last month in favor of a city moratorium on converting or demolishing single-room occupancy and residential hotels.

On Friday, Bartels was making plans for what he could do with the $4,000 he will receive in exchange for moving out of the Milshire by Sept. 2 as part of a settlement between tenants and the building owner.

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