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--- LANDLORD ALERT ---
The Village of Skokie recently sent out notices to landlords demanding immediate payment of the annual Rental Registration fees. The notice, with the intimidating footnote "THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY NOTICE" appears more like a scam than an official invoice. The truth is it's a little of both. The notice includes charge for current and past registration fees, even if previously paid. (I was told this was the fault of a new software system that did not yet have past payment records in it!!) Plus, this being the third year that the ordinance is in effect, many landlords are not even obligated to pay the current fee as stiplulated in the ordinance. But the invoice makes no mention of the option of a fee waiver - which is only granted upon written yearly request. Nor is there any link to a waiver request form. The reason? The village has not bothered to created such a form, even though they've had three years to do so. Please read the waiver requirements below. If you feel you are due a waiver - including for past years, please send the following request to Terry.Oline@Skokie.org
"Based on Section 22-506 of the ordinance, and that I have been in compliance with all applicable ordinances, codes and regulations of the Village for three consecutive years, I request a waiver of these fees."
Sec. 22-505. - Owner occupied exemption.
Any Residential Rental Unit which is Owner occupied as the Owner's primary residence is exempted from the requirements of registration. All Owners must comply with and nothing in this Act shall be construed to negate or alter the provisions of the Skokie Fair Housing Act (Chapter 58, Article II, of the Skokie Village Code). However, no portion of this section shall curb the rights of an Owner as described in Section 58-37 of the Skokie Village Code.
Sec. 22-506. - Fee waiver.
A) Any Multi-Unit Building or Residential Rental Unit found to be substantially in compliance with all applicable ordinances, codes and regulations of the Village upon inspection, as described in Section 22-509 of the Skokie Village Code, for three (3) consecutive years shall have the Residential Rental Unit Registration Fee waived the following year and every year thereafter, unless and until noncompliance is found.
B) Any Multi-Unit Building or Residential Rental Unit which was substantially in compliance with all applicable ordinances, codes and regulations of the Village for the most recent inspection, prior to the enactment of this Ordinance, by the Property Standards Division of the Community Development Department shall have the Residential Rental Unit Registration Fee waived the following year and every year thereafter, unless and until noncompliance is found.
(Ord. No. 14-1-C-4030, § 2, 1-6-2014)
Note: Part B seems to indicate that many landlords were not obligated to pay the fee for the last three years!!! Unless you have money to throw away, I would read the above closely before paying the Village's latest invoice. The Village is certainly not looking out for Landlords.