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What does it mean to have a rental license program?

Many suburban areas have adopted a rental licensing and inspection program for residential rental properties.  A rental license may be required for a single family property, individual townhomes and/or condominium units.  The purpose of a rental licensing program is:

In order to obtain the rental license, there is usually an application, a licensing fee, and a property inspection. Most times, the license is renewed annually. The initial fee may only cover one inspection and there may be additional inspection fees if multiple inspections are required. It is important to understand the regulations and costs involved regarding the city requirements as they are expenses you need to plan for. In one suburb, failure to comply may result in a fineable ticket up to $750.00 per day.

What is an occupancy certificate?

Some cities require a rental license, some require an occupancy certificate, and some require both. Some cities require an inspection be performed prior to tenant occupancy. If any violations are identified, a reasonable time will be given to correct them. After the repairs are completed, a re-inspection of the property will be scheduled. There may be additional fees for each inspection. The property must pass the inspection before an occupancy certificate is issued. 

An occupancy inspection must occur prior to a tenant taking possession. Some occupancy inspections are valid for one year and others must be completed only after approving a tenant for the property. It is important to understand the rules regarding occupancy certificates as they vary depending on the location of the rental property. 

What is a Point of Sale Inspection?

When selling a property, a point of sale inspection may be required by the village to check for obvious building code violations prior to the closing of the sale. These inspections typically require a small fee to be paid by the seller. During the inspection, a representative from the village will inspect the property per the local ordinances. After the inspection is complete, a list of repairs is given to the seller and the seller is given a specified period of time to correct the issues. Every attempt must be made for items noted on the point of sale inspection to be corrected prior to the sale being finalized. If the repairs cannot be completed prior to the closing, the village may require the seller to pay an escrow. The village may also require a signed affidavit from the buyer indicating the work will be completed within a certain amount of time after the closing. and/or a surety bond at the buyer’s expense to be placed with the city so that the work is guaranteed to be completed by the buyer. After repairs are completed, the inspector will return to re-inspect the property. Keep in mind the property must pass the point of sale inspection with no outstanding repairs to be completed prior to closing. Villages will not allow ownership changes, water bill changes, or rental licenses/occupancy permits to be issued if the point of sale inspection has not been completed and all issues corrected. 

It is the responsibility of the buyer to confirm whether or not a point of sale inspection is required and if it has been completed. If a point of sale inspection is required, but not completed before the closing, you, as the new owner, will be responsible for the inspection and all repairs. This can be extremely costly. The inspector may require repairs to items not listed on your home inspection such as replacing a cracked garage floor or repouring a cement front walkway. These are costs you may not have budgeted for and will affect the overall financial performance of your investment.  

Full Inspection Information Details

Municipality

Rental Program

Rental License Application / Fee

Contact for More Info

Addison

Y

Rental License Fee; $75 - $150 (Annual)

630/543-4100

Alsip

Y

Crime Free Housing License Application; $40 (Annual)

708/385-6902

Arlington Heights

N

No requirement

847/368-5000

Aurora

Y

Rental License Fee; $90 (Annual)

630/844-3613

Bannockburn

N

No requirement

847/945-6080

Bartlett

N

No requirement


Beach Park

Y

Rental Dwelling Certification Application; $75 (Annual)

847/746-1770

Bedford Park

N

No requirement

708/458-2067

Bellwood

Y

No requirement

708/547-3500

Bensenville

Y

Rental Registration; $211 (Annual)

630/766-8200

Berkeley

N

No requirement

708/449-8840

Berwyn

N

No requirement

708/788-2660

Bloomingdale

N

No requirement

630/893-7000

Blue Island

Y

Notice of Intent to Rent; $75

708/597-8606

Bolingbrook

Y

Landlord License; $35 (Annual)

630/226-8400

Bridgeview

Y

Property Registration; $20 (Annual)

708/594-2525

Broadview



708/681-3600

Brookfield

N

No requirement

708/485-7344

Buffalo Grove

Y

Rental Housing Program Application; $85 (Annual)

847/459-2500

Burbank

Y

Property Registration

708/599-5500

Calumet City

Y

Rental Application; $50 (Annual)

708/891-8110

Calumet Park

Y

Rental Registration

708/389-0850

Carol Stream

Y

Rental Application; $75 (Annual)


Carpentersville

Y

Rental Application; $125 (Annual)

847/426-3439

Chicago Heights

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)

708/756-5328

Chicago Ridge

N


708/425-7700

Cicero

N

No requirement

708/656-3600

Country Club Hills

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)

708/798-2616

Countryside

Y

Rental Application; $50 (Annual)

708/354-1860

Crest Hill

Y

Rental Registration

815/741-5100

Crestwood

Y

Rental Registration ($100 Every two years)

708/371/4800

Deerfield

N

No requirement

847/719-7484

DeKalb

Y

Rental Registration; $50 (Annual)


Des Plaines

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)

847/391-5300

Dolton

Y

Rental Application; $50 (Annual)

708/201-3295

East Dundee

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)

847/426-2822

Elgin

Y

Rental Application; $149 (Annual)

847/931-6100

Elmhurst

N

No requirement

630-530-3030

Elk Grove Village

Y

Crime Free Housing Application ; $100 (Annual)

847/357-4000

Elmwood Park

Y

Rental Application; $125 (Annual)

708/452-7300

Evanston

Y

Rental Registration; $200 + $20 (Annual)

847/328-2100

Evergreen Park

Y

Rental Registration; $35 (Annual)

708/422-1551

Forest Park

N

No Requirement

708/615-6276

Fox Lake

Y

Rental Registration; $50 (Annual)

847/587-2151

Fox River Grove

N

No requirement

847/639-3170

Franklin Park

Y

Rental Registration (Annual)

847/671-8245

Glen Ellyn

N

No requirement

630/469-5000

Glendale Heights

Y

Rental Application; $300 (Annual)

630/260-6000

Glenwood

Y

Rental Registration; $100 (Annual)

708/758-5155

Hanover Park

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)

630/372-4200

Harvey

Y

Rental Registration (Annual)

708/210-5300

Harwood Heights

N

No requirement

708/867-7200

Hazel Crest

Y

Rental Registration (Annual)

708/335-9600

Highwood

Y

Rental Registation; $100, $150 (Annual)

847/432-1924

Hillside

N

No requirement

708/449-6450

Hoffman Estates

Y

Rental Application; $150 (Annual)

847/882-9100

Indian Head Park

N

No requirement

708/246-3080

Island Lake

Y

Rental Registration; $50 (Every two years)

847/526-8764

Joliet

Y

Rental Registration; $100 (Annual)

815/724-4070

Justice

N

No requirement

708/458-2520

Lake Forest

N

No requirement

847/234-2600

Lake Villa

N

No requirement

847/356-6100

Lansing

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)


Lisle

N

No requirement

630/271-4100

Lynwood

N

No requirement

708/758-6101

Lyons

N

No requirement

708/447-8886

Markham

Y

Rental Application; $75 (Annual)

708/331-4905

Matteson

Y

Rental Registration

708/283-4900

Maywood

Y

Rental Registration; Annual

708/344-1200

Melrose Park

N

No requirement

708/343-4000

Midlothian

Y

Rental Registration; $30 (Annual)

708/389-0200

Mount Prospect

Y

Rental Registration; $75 (Annual)

847/392-6000

Norridge

N

No requirement

708/453-0800

Northlake

N

No requirement

708/343-8700

North Riverside

Y

Rental Applicaion; $50 (Annual)

708/447-4211

Oak Forest

Y

Rental Applicaion; $100 (Annual)

708/687-4050

Oak Lawn

Y

Rental Registration; $200 (Annual)

708/499-7800

Oak Park

Y

Rental Registration; $10 (Annual)

708/383-6400

Olympia Fields

Y

Rental Registration

708/503-8000

Orland Park

Y

Rental License; $50 (Annual)

708/403-5300

Palatine

Y

Rental License; $83 (Annual)

847/358-7500

Park Forest

N

No requirement

708/748-1112

Park Ridge

N

No requirement

847/318-5200

Port Barrington

N

No requirement

847/639-7595

Prospect Heights

Y

Rental Application; $25 (Annual)

847/398-6070

Richton Park

N

No requirement

708/481-5086

Riverdale

Y

Rental Application; $50 (Annual)

708/841-2200

River Forest

N

No requirement

708/366-8500

River Grove

N

No requirement

708/453-8000

Riverside

N

No requirement

708/447-2700

Rolling Meadows

Y

Rental Application; $75 (Annual)

847/394-8500

Sauk Village

Y

Rental Registration

708/758-3330

Schaumburg

Y

Rental License; $65 (Annual)

847/895-4500

Schiller Park

Y

Rental Registration (Annual)

847/678-2550

South Chicago

Heights

Y

Rental Registration

708/755-1880

South Holland

Y

Rental License; $75 (Annual)

708/210-2900

Steger

N

No requirement

708/754-3395

Stickney

N

No requirement

708/749-4400

Streamwood

Y

Rental License; $150 (Annual)

630/837-0200

Summit

N

No requirement

708/563-4823

University Park

Y

Rental Registration

708/534-4811

Villa Park

N

No requirement

630/834-8505

Wauconda

N

No requirement

847/526-9600

Westchester

N

No requirement

708/345-0020

West Chicago

Y

Rental Application; $265 (Annual)

630/293-2200

Wheeling

Y

Rental Application; $100 (Annual)

847/459-2600

Wood Dale

Y

Rental Registration; $150 (Annual)


Woodridge

Y

Rental Registration; No fee (One-time)

630/719-4712

Disclaimer - All info in the chart and attached spreadsheet is subject to change without knowledge of GC Realty & Development, LLC. All info is deemed accurate as of 3/15/21.

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