The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act prohibits Illinois landlords from harassing, threatening, or evicting tenants based on any perceived immigration or citizenship status.
July 16, 2020
All people have the right to a safe and stable home to build better futures for themselves and their families. Landlords should be responsive to the needs of their tenants, and our laws should establish the responsibility to treat tenants humanely, regardless of their immigration status.
The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act (ITPA) prohibits Illinois landlords from harassing, threatening, or evicting tenants based on any perceived immigration or citizenship status. Importantly, the law also prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to share their immigration status, protecting tenants from being forced to disclose information that is irrelevant to their role as renters.
The Shriver Center, along with our partners MALDEF and Latino Policy Forum, has prepared helpful fact sheets for tenants on the ITPA and actions tenants who have been threatened or evicted because of their immigration status can take. The fact sheets are available in both English and Spanish.
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