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Vacant and Abandoned

The housing crisis lives on in the homes it has emptied and banks aren't taking responsibility
Vacant and Abandoned: South Side Weekly

7322 South Laflin is a brick, two-story apartment building with broken windows and an unlocked front door. It wouldn’t look inhabited save for a few bottles of shampoo visible in one of the windows of the upper floor. It completed foreclosure in June of last year, when, like most foreclosures, it was sold back to the mortgage lender, Selene Finance LP.

Aldermen make changes to Chicago foreclosure ordinance

Aldermen make changes to Chicago foreclosure ordinance: Chicago Tribune

A Chicago City Council committee took steps Monday to ensure a speedy turnaround for tenants who are living in foreclosed properties and are entitled to get a new lease or moving assistance under city code.

The housing committee recommended changes to the so-called Keep Chicago Renting ordinance, which requires that new owners of foreclosed rental properties offer new leases with a maximum 2 percent increase or pay $10,600 in moving assistance to each tenant.

Aldermen plug holes in ordinance tailor-made to protect renters displaced by foreclosures

Aldermen plug holes in ordinance tailor-made to protect renters displaced by foreclosures: Chicago Sun-Times

A City Council committee moved Monday to plug holes that have limited the effectiveness of a two-year-old ordinance tailor-made to protect tenants displaced by rental building foreclosures.

The so-called “Keep Chicago Renting” ordinance requires banks that acquire legally-occupied rental buildings at court-ordered foreclosure auctions to register with the city, send prompt notices to tenants and give those renters a choice between a one-year lease extension with no more than a 2-percent rent increase or a one-time relocation fee of $10,600.