Illinois Bill Would Replicate Chicago Property Law
May 4, 2012
Inspired by a law currently on the books and in dispute in Chicago, state lawmakers in Illinois have filed a vacant property registration law requiring mortgage holders to keep up homes in foreclosure or face costly fines. The bill, SB 16, outlines a framework for municipalities to pass vacant property ordinances requiring mortgage holders to register a property that has been vacant for more than 30 days and to re-register the property every six months. The mortgage holder would also be required to secure and maintain the property, with fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 per day if the requirements are not met.