Section 8 is income and also protected as of August 13, 2013. There was an AMENDMENT TO THE COOK COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ORDINANCE.
Contact the listing agent directly to view the unit. Even after you view the unit and move forward with a Request for Tenancy Approval, Section 8 must make the determination whether lead based paint is present.
I do know that Section 8 does not require participants to perform inspections on the interior or exterior themselves. Your question regarding lead paint should be left to the inspector.
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