Registration of every apartment in Skokie is required. Houses being rented are included, as are condos (except in buildings with over four condo units.) The only exceptions to the ordinance are apartments that the building owner lives in (not the entire building, just that one apartment) and units that are not being rented (eg. parents are living in a unit rent free, or the apartment is purposely being left vacant.)
Every landlord needs to register and pay $25 for each apartment (though the village had originally promised this fee would be waived, it will now only be waived upon written request after three years of inspections and fees.) The registration form consists of both required and optional information. SILA recommends you skip any optional questions to protect the privacy of your tenants and the possiblity of a lawsuit for disclosing personal information. Some landlords are refusing to register altogether. We cannot advocate that, but there is word that challenges to the ordinance are in the works by both the ACLU and the Department of Housing & Urban Development. SILA HIGHLY RECOMMENDS that you add this $25 fee (some landlords are charging more to cover all the additional costs incurred by the ordinance) to all new leases, under the line item "Village Tenant Tax".
Every landlord is required to take a 3-4 hour Landlording Basics course. More on this later...
The inspection laws have not changed. You are still required to have a village inspection of all common building areas every two years. They are also requesting that the village be allowed to inspect the apartments and are recommending that the landlord inspect each individual apartment quarterly, but neither of those are required.
Some new requirements, such as posting signage with the owner's name and phone number and using a Crime Free Lease Addendum, are now required for all rental units. The signage is not required for owner occupied buildings of four units or less, and though it's not clear if, and if so - not clear why, we suspect it is not required for rented homes or condos either.) The Crime Free Lease Addendum is required even on existing leases, so landlords are being asked to have all tenants sign the new addendum to their existing lease.
A new village "inspection" is required prior to the sale or transfer of the property. There is a per unit fee for this inspection.
We will update this site on all the components of the new ordinance as they are clarified. Feel free to write SILA with any questions. In the meantime, we suggest contacting an attorney if you are concerned about complying with any parts of the ordinance.
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