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Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
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Rental Dwelling Program

The Rolling Meadows City Council passed Ordinance 03-34 regarding rental dwellings. The regulations require all single family homes, attached and detached, condominiums and apartments to be licensed and inspected by the Community Development Department. The ordinance was enacted to assure continued maintenance of the rental housing in the community.

The Rolling Meadows City Council passed Ordinance 08-57 regarding rental dwellings. The regulations require all single family homes, attached and detached, condominiums and apartments to be licensed and inspected by the Community Development Department.  The ordinance was enacted to assure continued maintenance of the rental housing in the community. 

Definition of a Rental Dwelling Unit: 

A dwelling unit occupied or available for occupancy by one or more persons, other than the owner of record, under a rental agreement, implied or written, with or without compensation, whether the rental dwelling be a multiple dwelling, single family detached, single family attached or single family semi-detached. 

Program Year: 

The rental license program runs from June 1st to May 31st of each year.  (Example: June 2009 - May 2010)

Fees:

The purpose of this program is to ensure the proper maintenance and upkeep of rental dwellings.  Fees are based on the number of violations.  Fewer or no violations result in lower license fee.  New rental properties will be charged the 0-3 violation category listed below.

Single Family Attached and Detached: 

0-3 Violations - $50.00
Inspected every 3 years

4 or more violations - $150.00
Inspected every 12 months 

Condominiums: 

0-3 Violations - $30.00
Inspected every 3 years

4 or more violations - $90.00
Inspected every 12 months

Reinspection Fee:  $92.00

Reinspection fee(s) will be charged for the third and each subsequent reinspection performed by our inspector to determine compliance with the related codes in the same rental program year.

Late Fee:  100% of the license fee (during renewal time)

A late fee will be charged to all rental licenses that are not paid on or before May 31st.  All applications must be postmarked on or before May 31st.  Any application received after May 31st, will be charged an additional 100% of the license fee.  Any application received after May 31st will returned if the late fee is not included.

Inspections:   

All rental properties must be inspected at least once every three (3) years, or more often, if the number of violations exceed the requirements.  The future fees will be based on the rental housing inspection report(s) from the previous inspection.

A letter requesting an inspection be scheduled will be sent to the owner and the tenant.  Two (2) requests will be sent.  Failure to have an inspection and/or reinspection(s) will cause in a court adjudication to be sent to the owner for payment of fines and penalties.

That rental license fee covers the cost of one (1) inspection and one (1) reinspection.  Any properties that require more than two (2) inspections will be charged appropriately.

Closing, Cancelling or Transferring of Ownership of a Rental License: 

If at any time you choose to sell or no longer rent your property, a letter and/or MLS listing must be submitted to the Community Development Department. 

Written notice shall be given to the Community Development Department within five (5) days after having transferred or otherwise disposed of legal control of any licensed rental dwelling.

Following submission of a completed application and payment of the appropriate fee, an inspection will be scheduled. Rental dwelling licenses expire on May 31st each year. A license renewal and fee payment is still required on an annual basis even if an inspection is not required for that year.

Single family and Multi family Rental Housing Application

This application is for single family attached and detached and condominium properties.

Apartment Rental Housing Application
This application is for apartment complexes.

Rental Dwelling Property Inspection Checklist
This checklist is used by the inspectors when conducting their inspection. It is offered for review so you may conduct a self-inspection. While a checklist of this type cannot address every situation or circumstance, it does offer general items to be inspected.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Seminar

As of Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the City of Rolling Meadows City Council enacted Ordinance 13-60 which expanded the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.  In brief, the ordinance now states that the owner or agent of any building or dwelling unit which is rented MUST attend and complete a Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Seminar prior to obtaining or being issued a new City rental residential license. 

Any new rental license application that is received in the Community Development Department will be processed as normal and an inspection will still take place, but a hard copy of your rental dwelling license will not be mailed until the seminar has been completed.  Additionally, existing property owners will have one year from the date the ordinance was enacted to complete the seminar. 

If you have any questions regarding the Crime Free Multi-Housing Seminar, please feel free to contact Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator, Carlos Saez, at 847-870-2449 or by email at saezc@cityrm.org

         Additional information regarding the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program can be found under the Police Department’s link. 

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