The Electric Vehicle Right to Charge, also known as the EV Charging Ordinance, was introduced to the Chicago City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate in July 2022.
If the EV Charging Ordinance is passed, it would become law and require residential and commercial building owners in the City of Chicago to allow tenants to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on their property.
Under the proposed ordinance:
- Tenants would have the right to request the installation of EV charging stations.
- Building owners would be required to respond to these requests within 60 days.
- If the building owner approves the request, they would be responsible for installing the charging station at the tenant’s expense.
There would also be provisions for:
- Application and approval
- Aesthetics of the charging station (ex. dimensions, placement, external appearance)
- Accessibility of the charging station
- Costs and reimbursement
- Installation (ex. electricity, upgraded wiring)
- Maintenance, repair, replacement, and removal
- Contractor requirements (ex. certificates of insurance, licensing)
- Insurance requirements
- “Reasonable restrictions”
- Health and safety standards
- Building codes, zoning, land use, and applicable local ordinances
Section 5-25-020 of the proposed ordinance (“Electric vehicle charging system policy for renters”) notes that “a landlord that willfully violates this Section shall be liable to the tenant for actual damages, and shall pay a civil penalty to the tenant in an amount not to exceed $1,000.”
You can view the Electric Vehicle Right to Charge proposed ordinance here: http://ord.legistar.com/Chicago/attachments/897377c7-35a1-48e1-9861-c66e8d9dda51.pdf
The proposed ordinance is designed to promote the use of electric vehicles by increasing access to charging infrastructure, especially in multi-unit residential and commercial buildings where tenants may not have the ability to install charging stations on their own. By allowing tenants to install charging stations, landlords can attract and retain tenants who own electric vehicles.
If the ordinance is passed, Chicago landlords will be need to be aware of their responsibilities to avoid potential fines or legal actions for noncompliance.
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