Updated: Jul 27
Drastic changes are being made for the City of Chicago, which includes housing price inflation for residents. Those of us who reside in the city of Chicago has watched buildings being taken over and people being pushed out with no way to pay the requested rent or mortgage. We are even seeing where property owners are declining section 8 vouchers which is another method of pushing the people out. If you do not believe this is happening see below:
On May 24, 2023, without warning, more than 100 tenants living in six Levav Properties buildings between 103rd and 111th Street received lease non-renewal notices. These notices informed them that they would need to find new housing by the end of September at the latest, some tenants were even told they would need to move out by the end of July. These tenants consist of elders, families with children, and subsidized tenants, many of whom have been residing in their buildings for over 20 years. The tenants believe that these non-renewal notices are an act of gentrification, considering their buildings' proximity to the 103rd, 107th, and 111th Metra Stations.
What You Can Do if this Happens to Your Community
Work together to assist in your humanity and fight for your rights...
Refuse to be displaced from your community and demand accountability from the property owners. Reach out to property owners with the hope of initiating the process of good faith negotiations. Below is a list of reasonable demands:
Demand rent forgiveness if you are not given the opportunity to renew your leases.
Demand additional time beyond the 60 or 120 days given to you if you are not given the opportunity to renew your leases.
Demand financial relocation assistance if not given the opportunity to renew your leases.
Demand the property owner give tenants who want to stay the opportunity to renew their leases and engage in good faith negotiations around reasonable rent increases.
If you neeed assistance with see contact below.
If you are interested in learning more about ONU’s campaign or want to get involved, please contact Arieh Venick at email@example.com.
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