5-14-040 Notice to tenants.

(a) (1) No later than 21 days after a person becomes the owner of a foreclosed rental property, the owner shall make a good faith effort to ascertain the identities and addresses of all tenants of the rental units in the foreclosed rental property and notify, in writing, all known tenants of such rental units that, under certain circumstances, the tenant may be eligible for relocation assistance. The notice shall be given in English, Spanish, Polish and Chinese and be as follows:

“THIS IS NOT A NOTICE TO VACATE THE PREMISES. You may wish to contact a lawyer or your local legal aid or housing counseling agency to discuss any right that you may have.

Pursuant to the City of Chicago's Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Property Ordinance, if you are a qualified tenant you may be eligible for relocation assistance in the amount of $10,600 unless the owner offers you the option to renew or extend your current written or oral rental agreement with an annual rent that: (1) for the first 12 months, does not exceed 102% of your current annual rent; and (2) for any 12-month period thereafter, does not exceed 102% of the immediate prior 12-month period's annual rent. The option to renew or extend your lease shall continue until the property is sold to a bona fide third-party purchaser.

If you are eligible as a qualified tenant and the owner fails to pay you the relocation assistance that is due, you may bring a private cause of action in a court of competent jurisdiction seeking compliance with the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Rental Property Ordinance, Chapter 5-14 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, and the prevailing plaintiff shall be entitled to recover, in addition to any other remedy available, his damages and reasonable attorney's fees.” The notice shall also include the name, address and telephone number of the owner, property manager or owner's agent who is responsible for the foreclosed rental property.

(2) If the owner ascertains the identity of a tenant more than 21 days after becoming the owner, the owner shall provide the notice within seven days of ascertaining the identity of the tenant.

(3) The written notice required by this section shall be served by: (A) delivering a copy of the notice to the known tenant; (B) leaving a copy of the notice with some person of the age of 13 years or older who is residing in the tenant's rental unit; or (C) sending a copy of the notice by first class or certified mail, return receipt requested, to each known tenant, addressed to the tenant.

(b) In addition to the notice required in subsection (a), no later than 21 days after a person becomes the owner of a foreclosed rental property, the owner shall post a written notice on the primary entrance of each foreclosed rental property which sets forth the disclosures in subsection (a).

(c) Any owner who fails to comply with this section shall not collect rent due and owning from any known tenant, until the owner has served the notices required by this section.

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