Basics of Landlord-Tenant Law in Cook County

In our first training in this new series, experienced housing attorney and CVLS volunteer Wayne Shapiro and Staff Attorney Martin Cozzola will cover the rights and responsibilities of landlords and an overview of the eviction process, including recent permanent changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 139 and Chicago’s Fair Notice Ordinance.

Seminar: Basics of Filing for Eviction

CVLS is recruiting and training a new generation of attorneys to assist and advise families who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through these new projects, CVLS volunteers will serve scores of new clients, including: homeowners struggling with mortgage payments, landlords who can’t pay their bills without rent, and people trying to collect on judgments or debts.

Seminar: Chapter 7 Bankruptcies

With COVID-19 and the economic downturn, many people will need to file for Bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers Sal Lopez and Justin Storer will review the basics of Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, including pre-filing considerations, alternatives, using Best Case, handling a trustee meeting, and more. When the training is over, you’ll be ready to take your first Chapter 7 case!

COVID-19 Mortgage Relief

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which gives critical mortgage relief to homeowners affected by COVID-19. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA, and the VA have rolled out new guidance as well. CVLS Staff Attorney Matt Hulstein will review these new mortgage options and address some legal issues that may arise.

Seminar: Property Tax Basics

Cook County property taxes can be extremely complicated to figure out. From buying property, to appealing property taxes, to reviewing a mortgage servicer’s calculation in an escrow analysis, understanding the basics is essential. There is a wealth of free information readily available on various county websites. This CLE will focus on how to obtain that information and then how to make sense of it.


The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) allows struggling homeowners who have federally-backed mortgages to pause mortgage payments for at least six months and up to one year. Once payments resume, lenders must review the homeowners for a range of payment options, including loan modifications. The Act also freezes foreclosure actions …


Federal Cares Act and Evictions: Important Facts that You Should Know

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act took effect. Section 4024 of the Act provides renters with temporary relief from certain evictions and from the imposition of late fees. Continue reading for important information about the CARES act that everyone should know.

Foreclosure and Probate

The incapacity or death of a mortgage borrower creates mass confusion for everyone involved. The borrower’s family doesn’t know their options and cannot speak with the lender. The lender cannot identify who has authority on the account. And everyone’s lawyers are stuck in the middle. Matt Hulstein of CVLS will speak on probate/foreclosure crossover cases and help identify the best path forward for your clients.

Subsidized Housing Issues

Issues in Subsidized Housing. We will cover the three main types of HUD subsidies: Public Housing, Section 8 Voucher, and Section 8 Project-Based Programs. We will also briefly cover contesting a voucher termination through an administrative hearing/judicial review action.

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