The Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance (KCRO), formally known as the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Property Ordinance, requires that written notice be served on tenants. Notice of change in ownership must be provided to all occupants of a foreclosed property within 21 days after a person becomes an owner or within 7 days of determining the tenant’s identity. Notice must either be mailed or delivered to known tenant/household member 13 years or older. In addition, notice must be posted on the primary entrance of each foreclosed property. Chicago Municipal Code, § 5-14-040(a)(b)
The notice must include information about the foreclosure, change in ownership, new owner, where to pay rent, who to request repairs from, and tenants’ rights under the Ordinance. The Ordinance requires that the notice about tenants’ rights under the Ordinance be given in English, Spanish, Polish and Chinese. The English language version of the notice is incorporated into the Ordinance, but translations were not. The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) has translated the notice and those translations may be used by owners to inform their tenants in accordance with the law.
In addition to the translated notice language, we have included language to assist renters in seeking free information about their rights and responsibilities. We recommend that owners using the translated notice also include the added information as well.