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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.

City of Chicago to publish 'Bad Landlord List'

The City of Chicago is putting together a list of the city's worst landlords, hoping to put heat on property owners who often provide nothing for their tenants.

City Hall announced the so-called 'Bad Landlord List' on Monday. It will be published in a couple weeks and will include the names of property owners who have been taken to court at least three times in the past 24 months.

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No opting out: Here's a compromise on city's affordable housing ordinance

No opting out: Here's a compromise on city's affordable housing ordinance: Crain's

In 2003, the city of Chicago enacted an Affordable Requirements Ordinance mandating affordable units in private market developments. The development community was and continues to be a supporter of this and is a proponent of the affordable housing regulations included in the ARO.

Aldermen pass SRO preservation law

Aldermen pass SRO preservation law: Chicago Tribune

Owners of single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago will not be able to so easily evict residents and convert their properties to market-rate apartments, under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council.

By a vote of 47-2, aldermen approved the Single-Room Occupancy Preservation Ordinance to help veterans, students and city residents down on their luck who might otherwise find themselves homeless.

Hard work of many led to single room occupancy ordinance

Hard work of many led to single room occupancy ordinance: Chicago Sun-Times

Just two years ago, a group of Chicago community activists weren’t sure they could find a single alderman to champion the cause of saving the city’s disappearing stock of single-room occupancy housing.

With SROs more often viewed as problem buildings than a precious last chance affordable housing option for the poor, aldermen were less likely to want to save SROs in their wards than to actively get rid of them.

Even a year ago when those same activists started talking about using the 2015 city elections to force the issue, I thought to myself: fat chance.

What happens when housing for the poor is remodeled as luxury studios

What happens when housing for the poor is remodeled as luxury studios: Washington Post

For years, this brown-brick building near Wrigley Field housed people who had nowhere else to go. It had peeling walls and broken smoke detectors. But its tiny one-room apartments offered homes to residents too poor for a one-bedroom, too risky to pass a credit check, too vulnerable — on the perpetual edge of homelessness — to sign a one-year lease.

SRO proposal passes committee hurdle

SRO proposal passes committee hurdle: Chicago Tribune

An ordinance that would make it more expensive to convert single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago into market-rate housing moved closer to becoming law Monday with an endorsement from aldermen.

The City Council's Housing Committee passed the Single-Room Occupancy Preservation Ordinance without dissent. The measure, which has Mayor Rahm Emanuel's support, will head to the full City Council for consideration Wednesday.

Housing Activists Criticize Emanuel's Management Of CHA At Anti-Homelessness Event

Housing Activists Criticize Emanuel's Management Of CHA At Anti-Homelessness Event: Progress Illinois

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at a pricey downtown breakfast event on homelessness, city housing activists and homeless families protested outside Thursday morning citing the mayor's "failure to support reform of the Chicago Housing Authority."

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