Condominium Owners’ Privacy Ordinance Passes Housing Committee

Alderman Hopkins and Alderman Reilly presented testimony in support of “Home Rule Authority” to protect condo owners’ privacy before the Committee on Housing and Real Estate on March 26, 2018.

The Committee on Housing and Real Estate met today at City Hall for a hearing on the Condominium Owners’ Privacy Ordinance. The ordinance passed unanimously through committee. It now goes before the City Council this Wednesday March 28, 2018.

Introduced at January’s City Council, Alderman Reilly and Alderman Hopkins co-sponsored this ordinance ,which invokes Chicago’s “Home Rule Authority,” overruling a section of the Illinois Condominium Property Act that was enacted into law by the Illinois State Legislature on January 1, 2018.

Alderman Hopkins and Alderman Reilly took issue with a particular section of the Act that forces condominium owners to disclose personal information, such as email addresses and cell phone numbers, upon request from a third party.

The “Home Rule Authority” measure will protect homeowners associations from being required to share unit owners’ private information unless there is a majority vote from the entire association to disclose such information.