Property Rights Posted on November 15, 2016

Mendez v. Chicago


Last Step

Victory! Chicagoans will no will longer be forced to hand over their guests’ personal information to city officials without a warrant. Briefed and argued City's Motion to Dismiss on June 20.

Next Step

Trial court to rule on City's Motion to Dismiss.

The Goldwater Institute and the Liberty Justice Center filed this case to protect the rights of people who want to offer their private homes to overnight guests, but who have been deprived of the right to do so by a complicated new Chicago ordinance that imposes confusing and unfair new prohibitions on home-sharing. Those restrictions hurt communities and violate the constitutional rights of responsible homeowners. 

Case logistics

The plaintiffs in this case are Leila Mendez, Alonso Zaragoza, and Michael Lucci, who live and offer homes for rent in Chicago, Illinois; and Sheila Sasso, who resides in Arizona and offers her Chicago home for rent. The defendants are the City of Chicago and a Chicago city officials acting in her official capacity.

The case was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, on November 15, 2016.

Case documents

Backgrounder (184.0 KB)

Complaint (11/15/2016) (2.7 MB)

Motion for Preliminary Injunction (11/15/2016) (622.3 KB)

Revised Complaint (1.2 MB)

Plaintiffs' Response to City's Motion to Dismiss. (1.2 MB)


Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. ... Read

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