Real Estate Focus: Winter 2020

Cook County Housing Ordinance’s Just Housing Amendment: to rent
or not to rent? 
The rules for criminal background checks

Effective Jan., 1, 2020, Cook County passed a revision to its housing ordinance called the Just Housing Amendment (JHO), which governs the use of background checks before the rental of residential units. This procedure has the potential to create liability for landlords (including condominium associations) who rent out units or who have programs that require compliance of renters or owners with certain documentation requirements. 

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Drowning out the drones: trespass and FAA registration 

No law defines how far above real property a howeowner's airspace rights extend; therefore, drone owners must be aware they risk civil and/or criminal trespass when they fly in residential areas. All drone owners must be aware of federal and local laws related to drone flight.[1] A drone owner should not only routinely monitor the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website for guidelines summarizing recent and proposed regulations relating to drone ownership but should also be familiar with local drone laws restricting drone usage.[2] 

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Article of Interest:
The SECURE Act – a Congressional holiday gift?

Presented by our Employment law group

In the midst of holiday gift-giving Congress passed and the President signed an Act considered by many to be the most significant piece of retirement plan legislation since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Whether the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) will ultimately be considered a gift to employers, only time will tell. In the meantime, this article will summarize the provisions expected to be most impactful on employers. 

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