Just Housing Amendment — Are You Screening Correctly in Cook County/Chicago?

  • Advocates of this ordinance said this ordinance aims to “ensure that people with criminal records have equal access to housing opportunities in Cook County.”
  • This ordinance only impacts properties located in Cook County
  • The ordinance requires you to run a two-step screening process whereby you must screen credit, eviction, job/rental history, etc. before you screen their criminal background.
  • You can only take into account criminal convictions that occurred less than 3 years ago in your analysis. All other convictions cannot be considered (unless convicted of a sex crime).
  • 4 new notices required during your screening procedures
  1. Remove any questions regarding criminal background checks from all marketing material, advertisements & applications
  2. Attend future seminars for training sponsored by your local landlord & builders clubs (example links below)

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