Updated 01/21/15 – 1:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance aimed at protecting the tenants of apartment buildings whose landlords chronically fail to address serious building code violations.
Aldermen voted to put heavy pressure on landlords who let building code violations build up unresolved at their properties.
For one thing, the ordinance allows publication of the names of building code scofflaws.
Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said, more importantly, it would allow the city to step in and make emergency repairs, and bill those landlords.
“We have landlords who continue to accept the rents all the time, but don’t do anything with these violations,” he said.