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Ameya Pawar

Aldermen pass SRO preservation law

Aldermen pass SRO preservation law

Owners of single-room-occupancy hotels in Chicago will not be able to so easily evict residents and convert their properties to market-rate apartments, under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council.

By a vote of 47-2, aldermen approved the Single-Room Occupancy Preservation Ordinance to help veterans, students and city residents down on their luck who might otherwise find themselves homeless.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the ordinance, crafted by City Hall, aldermen and housing advocates, a "down payment" on the city's five-year plan to preserve 41,000 units of affordable housing in the city.

"If you come to the city of Chicago, you live...