Glenview ordinance aims to restore local landlords choice in Section 8 participation

Following the Cook County Board of Commissioner’s recent change to the county’s Human Rights Ordinance to make it a violation to discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders in real estate transactions, the village of Glenview has passed a local ordinance reiterating the rights of landlords to choose whether they want to participate in the voucher program.

Glenview attorney Eric Patt told the Chicago Tribune, “Our ordinance doesn’t prohibit the use of Section 8 vouchers, but rather restores the rights of landowners choice as to whether to participate in such programs.”

Read the full Chicago Tribune article, “Glenview uses home rule to reverse county housing ordinance.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and various landlord groups had voiced opposition to the Cook County Board’s Section 8 changes, which went into effect Aug. 8, due to concerns that it would be a violation of the ordinance if a landlord chose not to participate in the federal Housing Choice/Section 8 housing voucher program.

IAR’s legal team recently released a guide for landlords operating under the Cook County Board’s new rules.

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