SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Undocumented immigrants are being afforded a new level of protections when renting property in Illinois, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act on Wednesday.
With Senate Bill 1290, Illinois becomes the second state in the nation to legally protect undocumented immigrants who rent property.
“Where you were born has nothing to do with the ability to pay rent on time – which is what the relationship between a landlord and a tenant should really be about,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m proud that in signing this bill, we’re making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to protect our immigrant tenants and give them a little more relief in these tumultuous times. Here in Illinois, we are, and always will be, a welcoming state.”
The new law prohibits landlords from evicting a tenant based on their citizenship or immigration status.
Landlords are also unable to intimidate or threaten tenants to reveal their status.
Tenants can pursue damages up to $2,000 for each violation in a civil action.
The law takes effect immediately.
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