Will my rental license be suspended or revoked any time a crime happens?
No. With the number of rental licenses for condos, apartments, single family homes, and townhouses in the City of Chicago Heights, it is not possible to track every single incident. However, the units that become excessive in nature by virtue of the type of criminal activity or amount of nuisance activity (as noted in the ordinance) that impacts the quality of life of a neighborhood will be notified. The owners who actively work with the police department in an attempt to resolve the problem should have no concern. The city will not automatically suspend or revoke a rental license for a property that meets the nuisance standard. The Mayor, upon specific recommendation, may review the situation and may suspend or recommend revocation for a small percentage of rental property owners who fail to attempt to resolve problems on their property.

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1. I only have one unit. Why does the ordinance apply to me?
2. Why is the seminar six hours long, and what will I learn?
3. It is difficult for me to attend one whole session for 6 hours. Are there other options?
4. I live out of state. Do I have to attend?
5. I own more than one unit in the city. How many seminars do I need to attend?
6. Does the ordinance require a criminal background check for rental applicants?
7. Does the ordinance require me to evict a tenant for one criminal incident?
8. Doesn't the ordinance promote discrimination or profiling?
9. Can I be held responsible for the actions of my tenant?
10. Will my rental license be suspended or revoked any time a crime happens?