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Yes. You are still required to be compliant because you have a rental license. Although you are not required to have a lease for your property, you will be required to have a lease addendum.
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Yes, you have to attend a training session.
An explanation of the Village of Hanover Park residential rental ordinance and Crime Free Lease Addendum (PDF). Crime Free Addendum samples will be available at the seminar. The Seminar addresses these topics:
Some seminars will be split and offered over two evenings.
You will need an agent, manager or designee to attend the training; however, the owner is ultimately responsible and liable.
You, your agent or designee need to attend one seminar.
If you have attended a seminar in another town within the last year, you may be exempt from attending Hanover Park’s seminar pending approval. You still must provide a copy of the lease addendum you will be using in Hanover Park and provide the Crime Free Coordinator with a signed letter or certificate from the police department in the town which you attended the seminar.
A Crime Free Lease Addendum (PDF) is a form that you are required by ordinance to add to your existing lease (similar to a lease rider) that prohibit residents and their guests from engaging in criminal activity. This form must be signed by your resident when they renew their lease. A copy of the lease addendum you use needs to be provided to the Crime Free Coordinator at the training seminar you will be attending or you can email your addendum to Crime Free Coordinator. Note: You are required to use the crime free addendum with all your future leases.
Thorough applicant screening is recommended and discussed in the seminar, however, the ordinance does not require criminal background checks.
No. The ordinance does require the use of a Crime Free Lease Addendum (PDF) or similar wording in the body of the lease that makes criminal activity a cause for eviction.
No. The Federal Fair Housing Act, which is discussed during the seminar, has seven protected classes relating to a person’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability). A person's behavior is not a protected class.
A rental property, regardless of size, is in fact a business operation. While the Village has the power to declare certain businesses a nuisance, it has the right and responsibility to do the same for troublesome rental properties.
No. Rental property that becomes excessive in nature by virtue of the type of criminal activity or amount of nuisance activity (as noted in the ordinance) that impacts the quality of life of a neighborhood will be notified. The owners who actively work with the police department in an attempt to resolve the problem should have no concern. The Village will not automatically suspend or revoke a rental license for a property that has residents or guests, who engage in criminal activity, or that meets the nuisance standard.
By not complying with the ordinance you may subject yourself to being cited by the Village. If a citation is issued you will be required to appear in court and could be subject to fines. A rental license will not be issued until you become compliant with the ordinance.
No, children are not permitted at this seminar. Some of the material presented at the seminar is not appropriate for children under the age of 18 who could create a distraction in class.
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