Effective March 11, 2024, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has implemented changes to the Court-Based Rental Assistance Program (CBRAP) which reduces the awards granted to landlords.

As many landlords and rental property managers are aware that during the pandemic, the IHDA offered rental assistance in phases, periodically opening and closing application periods as funds were allocated. IHDA then limited rental assistance only to tenants involved in court eviction proceedings and established CBRAP for court-based rental assistance.

If granted, CBRAP allowed landlords to recover a maximum of $25,000 in delinquent rent, plus three (3) months of future monthly rent. The program has been widely popular in making landlords whole, while allowing tenants to remain in their rental units.

However, on March 7, 2024, IHDA issued a notice that reduces the rental assistance awards in CBRAP:

  • Maximum award is now $10,000, instead of $25,000.
  • Future rent allotment is only two (2) months now, instead of three (3) months.
  • Court costs can be included in the application and award.

According to IHDA’s notice, these changes became effective March, 11, 2024.

As before, if a landlord applies for rental assistance and it is granted, the landlord must dismiss the pending eviction lawsuit. Therefore, with the new cap of $10,000, the landlord’s rental assistance grant will be maxed at $10,000 no matter what the tenant owes, and the eviction lawsuit will still need to be dismissed.

The good news is that landlords can now include court costs in their application and IHDA will include those costs in the rental assistance award.

For more info about, please CBRAP visit: https://www.ihda.org/about-ihda/cbrap/

Legal Resource

KSN strongly encourages Illinois landlords to request court costs from our law firm before submitting the CBRAP application. Landlord can also log into KSN’s client portal (CSO) and run the Fees & Expense Report to see the total amount of costs with an itemized breakdown for each particular matter.

Contact our law firm if you have questions about this update or other landlord/tenant legal questions.

You can reach KSN by calling 855-537-0500 or visiting our website at www.ksnlaw.com.

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