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TENANTS RIGHTS R84-l5l Alderman David Orr September 29, 1984 2:40, 8:40 AM 12:40, 6:40, 9:42 PM

(Recently, WBBM-AM criticized a proposed tenants rights ordinance that is before the Chicago City Council. Here with a differing view is Alderman David Orr.) .

WBBM-AM and I agree that Chicago needs new legislation to balance the rights of landlords and tenants. We disagree on how it should be done. Today, a tenant with a broken window or stoppedup plumbing has no effective remedy if an irresponsible landlord refuses to make repairs. Building inspections and housing court often take months or years to fix .the problem. That's why 13 aldermen and I introduced theTenants Bill of Rights Ordinance. The "repair and deduct" provision is crucial because it allows a tenant to have limited repairs made if a landlord refuses to do so. A similar measure has worked for nine yearsin Evanston and has been adopted by many major cities and states around. the country. Additionally, the Tenants Rights Ordinance allows tenants the chance to move if the landlord does not live up to the lease or to housing and building codes. The ordinance guarantees that tenants will have theirsecurity deposits protected if a landlord goes bankrupt or sells the building. And,it requires every landlord to provide a tenant with thesimple necessities of the owner's. name, address and phone number. My colleagues and I agree that no responsible landlord will be burdened by this ordinance. In fact, they will benefit from better management of neighboring properties. Many landlords already meet these standards. The 1970s saw a loss of over 70,000 apartments. The results can be seen all across Chicago -- abandoned buildings, vacant lots and overcrowding. The city council can help reverse this decline. It's time that the city council took action to balance the scales for the sake of Chicago's 1.6 million tenants. Chicago should catch up with the rest of the nation by iving tenants and g neighborhoods honest protections. If you agree, please call your alderman and express your support for the Tenants Rights Ordinance.