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How Updated Fair Housing Law Impacts Illinois Landlords

The Illinois Human Rights Act added “source of income” as a protected class on January 1st, 2023.

As defined in the legal update: “’Source of income’ means the lawful manner by which an individual supports himself or herself and his or her dependents.”

This update was designed to prohibit discrimination against tenants and applicants who receive non-wage income such as child support or social security. It also addresses tenants who utilize subsidized programs including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.

Landlords will violate fair housing requirements can face serious fines that range from $37,500 to $65,000 according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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