(Added by Ord. No. 176,544, Eff. 5/2/05.)
A. A landlord who fails to abide by the terms of an accepted Tenant Habitability Plan shall be denied individual rent adjustments under Section 151.07 A.1.(d) of this Code, absent extenuating circumstances.
B. In any action by a landlord to recover possession of a rental unit, the tenant may raise as an affirmative defense the failure of the landlord to comply with any provisions contained in this article.
C. Any person who willfully or knowingly with the intent to deceive, makes a false statement or representation, or knowingly fails to disclose a material fact in any plan or notice required under this article, or in any declaration, application, hearing or appeal permitted under this article, including oral or written evidence presented in support thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Any person convicted of a misdemeanor under the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period of not more than six months or both. Each violation of any provision of this chapter and each day during which such violation is committed, or continues, shall constitute a separate offense.
D. Any person who fails to provide relocation assistance pursuant to Section 152.05 of this Code shall be liable in a civil action to the person to whom such assistance is due for damages in the amount of the unpaid relocation assistance, together with reasonable attorney's fees and costs as determined by the court.
E. Any person who breaches any duty or obligation set forth in Section 152.06 of this Code shall be liable in a civil action by any person, organization or entity, for all actual damages, special damages in an amount not to exceed the greater of twice the amount of actual damages or $5,000, and reasonable attorney's fees and costs as determined by the court. Damages of three times the amount of the actual damages may be awarded in a civil action for willful failure to comply with the payment obligations, to provide safe, decent and sanitary temporary replacement housing, or to allow a tenant to reoccupy a rental unit once the primary work is completed.
F. Any agreement, whether written or oral, waiving any of the provisions contained in this article shall be void as contrary to public policy.
G. Nothing in this article shall be construed to deprive a person of due process rights guaranteed by law, including, but not limited to, a right to appeal the Department's determination regarding a Tenant Habitability Plan to a hearing officer.
H. The remedies provided by this article are in addition to any other legal or equitable remedies and are not intended to be exclusive.