Group: Landlords not following foreclosure law

May 14, 2009 3:18:09 PM PDT
The Metropolitan Tenants Organization says many landlords in Chicago are not letting their tenants and future tenants know their building is facing foreclosure.Members of the group knocked on doors and posted notices in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and other West Side communities on Thursday.

They are letting tenants know they can be evicted on short notice if the building they live in is foreclosed. They informed some people their building is actually in foreclosure.

"If have to move, no problem. I'd just like to know ahead of time rather than pay X amount of money," said Oscar Lukes, tenant.

The city of Chicago offers up to $900 in rental assistance for people who lose their homes to foreclosure through no fault of their own. The city says 571 households received help in the first 4 months of the year. That's 100 more than during the same period last year.


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