The first steps to correcting these problems are:Crime-free housing is a go in Midlothian
May 16, 2010
BY MICHAEL DRAKULICH
Criminals may have a tough time finding a place to live in Midlothian now that the village has officially joined the ranks of suburbs with an enacted crime-free rental housing ordinance.
Midlothian joins Tinley Park, Orland Park and Oak Forest among south suburbs with such an ordinance on the books. The move gives village officials a chance to crack down on problem tenants and landlords in an effort to keep rental properties maintained in better condition and reduce crime. The ordinance, which was approved Wednesday, was seen as a top priority for village officials.
Tenants looking to get a lease, under the new ordinance, will now have to sign off on a promise to not do anything illegal at their residences. The ordinance applies to guests, too.
Those caught doing something illegal - whether it's a resident or a guest - could face eviction. But village officials who will be enforcing the ordinance say it's not meant to be entirely punitive.
All landlords in the village will have to attend an eight-hour seminar to familiarize themselves with the ordinance. The seminar will teach owners how to screen potential tenants more thoroughly and how to keep their properties safer, said officer Ryan Gulli, who will be the police department's administrator of the ordinance.
Property owners also will learn how to implement the Crime Free Lease Addendum, which is an agreement between landlords and tenants that they and anyone who visits their unit will be good citizens.
A landlord becomes certified in the crime-free housing program upon completing the seminar, Mayor Terry Stephens said. The certification acts as a business license in a sense. Without it, a landlord cannot continue to rent in Midlothian, Stephens said.
"Landlords have never really had to have a business license before. Not in the strictest of senses," he said.
Landlords can also lose their certification if they refuse to evict tenants identified as nuisances by the village, Stephens said.
After completing the seminar, landlords will learn a concept contained in the ordinance called "crime prevention through environmental design." Village staff will teach and recommend ways they can make their properties more secure, such as use of dead-bolt locks, strike plates on doorknobs secured with three-inch screws, window locks and adequate lighting.
Then the village will hold a get-together of all the landlords so they can begin to network with each other. Gulli said landlords have 60 days from the ordinance's passing to contact the village and sign up for the seminar.
Midlothian just become home rule by referendum in April 2010.
Notice the sentence "Requirements such as landlord licensure and building registration are being imposed by several home rule municipalities in Illinois, but non home-rule units cannot impose such requirements." in the first paragraph of this link.
Maybe if we passed home rule a few years back we wouldn't be having such a problem with the new influx of crime from the people who moved here from the city after the projects were torn down.
If you listen to Carol and vote NO to home rule, you will be asking yourself in a few years, "Geez maybe we should have voted YES for Home Rule" when you see Blue Island getting worse and worse.
FOLLOW Blue Island ORDINANCES, existing state laws, and CUT WASTE!