By Tom Joseph
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® RVOICE  program was able to delay, correct and ultimately help the village of Tinley Park address how it implemented a crime free ordinance.
The village passed the ordinance requiring multi-unit rentals (three or more) to be registered/licensed for a fee and also required exterior property inspections three years ago.
RVOICE had been able to address some concerns at the time as members pointed out issues with the initial proposals.
Village officials wanted to expand the current policy to S/F, 2 units for license and registration. The village only inspects a property’s exterior, following the same policy we advocated for three years ago.
REALTORS® suggested the fee to be lowered from $100 to $50. As a result of RVOICE efforts, REALTORS® were able to gain exemption of single-family, two units from having to have any inspection in cooperation with village. We also inserted a "due process appeal" clause into the amendment.
Because RVOICE has a strong local association relationship with the mayor and the village’s staff, we were able to review the fine points of the proposal for several weeks. In the end, RVOICE efforts along with local REALTORS® helped make the policy better and non- threatening for landlords and private property interests.
Tom Joseph is the Illinois Association of REALTORS® local Government Affairs Director (GAD) representing the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford, Mainsteet Organization and Three Rivers Associations of REALTORS®.