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A How-To Guide for Landlords and Brokers to Conduct Virtual Apartment Tours

UPDATE July 1, 2020: At the onset of Illinois’ first round of stay-at-home orders in March 2020, many landlords had to quickly roll out alternative plans for showing vacant apartments in Chicago. The go-to solution was virtual showings, where a live video call or pre-recorded walkthrough video had to substitute for the traditional methods of in-person showings to slow the spread of Coronavirus in Chicago apartments. Now, Illinois and the City of Chicago have progressed beyond the most severe shutdowns and stay-at-home orders as new Coronavirus cases have declined across the state. The state’s reopening follows a phased approach and Phase 3 was ushered in at the beginning of June 2020. Phase 3 guidelines included permission for real estate service professionals to resume in-person showings of apartments for rent -- with restrictions in place.

Just Housing Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance

On April 25, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment (Ord. No. 19-2394) to § 42-38 of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance (“Ordinance”) to Prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual’s covered criminal history; and Require housing providers to perform an individualized assessment of an otherwise qualified individual’s criminal conviction history prior to denying them housing.
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