South Holland is fostering a partnership with property owners and their tenants through the Good Neighbor Rental Housing Initiative (GNRHI).
Benefits of the Initiative include:
Improves the safety of rental properties
Improves the quality of life for neighbors of tenants and the community as a whole
Promotes a strong real estate market
Promotes a healthy rental/lease environment
“This is an initiative that the village has been planning to implement for quite some time,” said Village Administrator, Jason Huisman. “Now, the GNRHI is finally in place.” Village trustees adopted the GNRHI in December.
“There are multifaceted benefits to the GNRHI,” said Huisman. “Property owners will have additional tools to ensure their property is consistently filled with responsible tenants. Tenants will have peace of mind knowing the property they are renting is safe and maintained, and the village will have a tool to enable it to maintain a quality of neighborliness in our community.”
The GNRHI requires property owners to annually register and license their property with the village. A routine inspection of the property will be required at least once every three years. Property owners must agree to the following: comply with the terms of the Rental Housing Code; notify tenants of occupancy requirements; maintain
current records with the village and tenants; and advise tenants of the GNRHI through a signed lease addendum. The Good Neighbor Lease Addendum outlines what are unwanted activities and expedites the process to remove tenants who violate those provisions.
Deputy Police Chief Greg Baker said the GNRHI is designed to ensure that single family rental homes are well kept the same as privately owned homes in the village. “This is a way to help keep South Holland strong,” Baker said. “Our challenge in this process is the initial identification and location of all rental property owners.” Baker said letters explaining the GNRHI are being sent to the last known property owner.
Property owners will be required to pay an annual $50 business license fee and a triennial $75 inspection fee. The inspection fee will be payable in $25 annual increments. “Anyone who registers their property and receives a license by March 31 will not be required to pay the fees for 2012,” said Huisman. “Our interest in establishing the GNRHI
is to foster neighborliness and to keep our community healthy, safe, and beautiful. The village is confident that the GNRHI will have a positive impact and strengthen what we all know, that South Holland is a great place to call home.”