Residential Rental Unit Standards and Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and Ordinance
(Note: Previously Proposed Multi-Unit Licensing)
The Village of Skokie values its rental properties as a key component of vibrant and functional neighborhood life and seeks to maintain neighborhood integrity by assuring safe, pleasant living environments. Within the Village there are approximately 1,200 multi-unit buildings providing 5,000 units of rental housing. The Village recognizes that landlords are a critical component of neighborhoods throughout the community. In an effort to provide effective tools for landlords, the Village will provide additional trained staff from the Skokie Police Department in collaboration with Property Standards to marshal all Village resources for the benefit of neighborhoods.
The Village Board approved the Residential Rental Unit Standards and Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and ordinance in early 2014. While developing the ordinance regarding multi-unit rental licensing, the Village Board established an Interim Landlord-Resident Advisory Committee. A copy of the report from the committee is available here. The comments received from the committee, landlords and public at large, including conflicting opinions, were taken into consideration in drafting the ordinance.
The approved ordinance, Residential Rental Unit Standards and Neighborhood Integrity is available here. Please note that the ordinance does not include licensing. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions are available here (updated as of November 14, 2013). The rental registration initiative is still in the planning phase and more information is forthcoming.