nullSPRINGFIELD, ILIllinois State Senator William Haine (D – Alton) passed a bill on the Senate floor requiring landlords to notify renters if radon has been detected at their place of residence.

“Tenants deserve to know whether or not this potentially fatal gas has been found in their rental unit,” Haine said.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas byproduct of decaying uranium that originates in soil and rock.  The toxic gas usually enters through small spaces in a building’s foundation and is of higher concentration on lower levels, such as the basement.  Research has indicated that radon is one of the most frequent causes of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking.

House Bill 141 requires property owners to report abnormally high levels of radon to their tenants and prospective renters unless proper radon abatement has been performed and a subsequent test has shown that the residence is free the hazardous gas.

“Most landlords recognize that providing a safe living environment is an extremely important priority,” Haine stated. “Everyone is on board to implement these guidelines and ensure good air quality in housing units.”

House Bill 141 now awaits action by the Governor.


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