State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, recently passed legislation prohibiting counties and municipalities from charging residents for using emergency services related to their disabilities or cases of domestic violence.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes,” DeLuca said. “While crime free housing was designed to make it easier for landlords to terminate leases due to criminal activity, it should not be used as a way for cities and counties to make money in emergency situations.”
There are over 100 counties and municipalities across the state that allow “crime free” or “nuisance” property ordinances. Complexes under these ordinances work with local law enforcement to address criminal activity before it grows. At least 35 municipalities across the state have the ability to charge tenants and landlords for emergency service calls above a certain threshold. DeLuca’s legislation prevents these fees from being charged to victims of domestic violence, sexual assualt and people with disabilities who call for help because of their condition.
“Our first responders provide essential services to our community and help keep us all safe,” DeLuca added. “While individuals should be charged for making false calls, we need to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault continue to receive the services and protection they need.”
Senate Bill 1547 passed the House of Representatives unanimously and now moves to the governor to be signed into law.