Note: On Friday, June 11, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a significant modification to the state’s eviction moratorium, which is the most restrictive moratorium in the nation. The change allows county sheriffs to execute orders of possession that were issued by a judge prior to the pandemic. These pre-Covid orders of possession are the last-step in a months-long eviction process. They will affect residents who stopped paying rent or otherwise violated the conditions of their lease in 2019 or at the beginning of 2020, but who have remained in their units throughout the pandemic. The Governor has indicated the moratorium will be completely lifted by August. For additional background material please click here.
June 14, 2021 (Chicago, Ill.) As the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago enters Phase 5 of its recovery plan, the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance (NBOA) thanks those residents who worked with their housing providers to meet the housing challenges of this pandemic.
The Governor’s modified executive order is limited to those residents who have clearly been taking advantage of the moratorium. This action will help to stabilize housing after such a difficult year when housing providers were required by law to provide a public service but were rarely if ever provided with public support.
Michael Glasser, president of NBOA, said, “As we join all of Illinois in celebrating the many sacrifices that led to the lifting of pandemic restrictions, we especially thank those neighborhood housing providers who, often at great personal cost, kept all their tenants housed and safe during this long year.”
NBOA research indicates that housing providers are owed over $1 billion in delinquent rent. It also shows most housing providers had to cut spending on repairs and maintenance, and one-third of neighborhood housing providers lack the funds for basic building expenses such as the mortgage, property taxes, utilities, and payroll.
Fortunately, rental assistance programs were eventually created to assist tenants and housing providers with these problems. Glasser added, “We are grateful to the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, and the Chicago Department of Housing for administering the federal rental assistance programs which provided funding for those who had fallen behind on their rent.”
Evictions are always a last resort for any housing provider. Not only are they emotionally draining, they are also time consuming and expensive. As the statewide eviction moratorium is lifted, it is important that residents know most housing providers are willing to negotiate an amicable solution to their problems.
The NBOA is asking members of the media to inform the public that should they continue to have difficulty in paying their rent, they should not wait to contact their housing provider to ask for assistance. In most cases a housing provider and resident can come to an amicable solution if the lines of communication are open. Moreover, the City of Chicago’s emergency rental assistance program is still open for applicants through Tuesday, June 15, 2021.