A struggling mother of three was given notice that she was being evicted. Despite the tenant’s financial struggles, she remained in good standing with the landlord, said state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, during a subcommittee meeting. The eviction was due to the landlord’s property going into foreclosure, not the type of tenant the woman had been. But she now had a negative mark on her record that future landlords might hold against her.
“Her record still reflects that eviction, even though her rent was current all the way up until the foreclosure went through,” Mayfield said. That was an example of the type of tenant Mayfield said would have an eviction sealed if a bill from first-term Rep. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago, is enacted.
While it’s great legislators are concerned with protecting the records of tenants who are not at fault for evictions, a much larger issue is still left unaddressed, which is landlords who fall into foreclosure yet continue to pocket tenants’ money and place them in a losing situation with limited options.