New Q&A on Section 8 Source of Income changes in Cook County

IAR’s legal team has worked to come up with a guide for landlords who will soon have to operate under new rules passed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners. The board amended the county’s Human Rights Ordinance to include Source of Income protection, and the new policy goes into effect Aug. 8.

IAR asked the Cook County Department of Human Rights for for clarifications on some issues the association’s members might face. As of July 15, the department had not responded.

The change primarily affects rental housing in Cook County.

The Ordinance would prohibit the making of “. . . any distinction, discrimination or restriction in the price, terms, conditions, privileges of any real estate transaction, including the decision to engage in or renew any real estate transaction, on the basis of unlawful discrimination.”

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Vice President/Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association’s communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees website development for the Association.

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