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Full Text of HB4926  103rd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning civil law.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Landlord and Tenant Act is amended by
5adding Section 25 as follows:
6    (765 ILCS 705/25 new)
7    Sec. 25. Reusable tenant screening report.
8    (a) Definitions. In this Section:
9    "Application screening fee" means a request by a landlord
10for a fee to cover the costs of obtaining information about a
11prospective tenant.
12    "Consumer report" has the same meaning as defined in
13Section 1681a of Title 15 of the United States Code.
14    "Consumer credit reporting agency" means a person which,
15for monetary fees, dues, or on a cooperative nonprofit basis,
16regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of
17assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other
18information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing
19consumer reports to third parties and that uses any means or
20facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of preparing
21or furnishing consumer reports.
22    "Reusable tenant screening report" means a written report,
23prepared by a consumer credit reporting agency, that



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1prominently states the date through which the information
2contained in the report is current and includes, but is not
3limited to, all of the following information regarding a
4prospective tenant:
5            (A) the name of the prospective tenant;
6            (B) the contact information for the prospective
7        tenant;
8            (C) a verification of source of income of the
9        prospective tenant;
10            (D) the last known address of the prospective
11        tenant; and
12            (E) the results of an eviction history check of
13        the prospective tenant in a manner and for a period of
14        time consistent with applicable law related to the
15        consideration of eviction history in housing.
16    (b) Providing a reusable tenant screening report.
17        (1) If a prospective tenant provides a reusable tenant
18    screening report that meets the following criteria, the
19    landlord may not charge the prospective tenant a fee to
20    access the report or an application screening fee. Those
21    criteria include the following:
22            (A) the report was prepared within the previous 30
23        days by a consumer credit reporting agency at the
24        request and expense of a prospective tenant;
25            (B) the report is made directly available to a
26        landlord for use in the rental application process or



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1        is provided through a third-party website that
2        regularly engages in the business of providing a
3        reusable tenant screening report and complies with all
4        State and federal laws pertaining to use and
5        disclosure of information contained in a consumer
6        report by a consumer credit reporting agency;
7            (C) the report is available to the landlord at no
8        cost to access or use; and
9            (D) the report includes all of the criteria
10        consistently being used by the landlord in the
11        screening of prospective tenants.
12        (2) A landlord may require an applicant to state that
13    there has not been a material change to the information in
14    the reusable tenant screening report.
15    (c) If an ordinance, resolution, regulation,
16administrative action, initiative, or other policy adopted by
17a unit of local government or county conflicts with this Act,
18the policy that provides greater protections to prospective
19tenants applies.
20    (d) Nothing in this Section prohibits a landlord from
21collecting and processing an application in addition to the
22report provided, as long as the prospective tenant is not
23charged an application screening fee for this additional