By Howard Handler
In what was described by the Skokie Review newspaper as a “vociferous reaction” from landlords, the Skokie Village Board unanimously voted to table action on a proposed rental unit licensing ordinance until an Oct. 15 regular meeting.
The North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® in partnership with local landlords and tenant advocacy groups raised significant concerns with the proposal, not the least of which was that it knowingly conflicted with state law governing tenant evictions. The conflict with state law, the village’s staff said, was the property owner’s problem.
NSBAR leaders wrote to the Village Board stating: “adopting laws that knowingly and profoundly conflict with other laws makes for poor public policy and will not serve the community well” and is “unacceptable.”
Other Skokie REALTORS® sent emails and made telephone calls to the Village Board expressing a similar sentiment. Based on the flood of written and oral testimony from REALTORS®, the original proposal was substantially reformed to rectify our primary concern.
The proposed ordinance, though now less damaging, is still fraught with duplicative, adverse regulations that fail to provide additional enforcement tools to the Village arsenal, while imposing further burdens onto property owners and tenants.
NSBAR, working together with other interested parties, intends to continue to address deficiencies in the proposal.
For more information, please contact NSBAR’s Government Affairs Director, Howard Handler, at firstname.lastname@example.org 847-480-7177.
Howard Handler is the Illinois Association of REALTORS® local Government Affairs Director (GAD) representing the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® and the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (Lake County).