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.”