[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Rental Safety Certificates
[Adopted 12-15-2003 by L.L. No. 6-2003]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- RENTED RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT UNIT
- Any portion of a building or the whole thereof rented or leased to any person or persons for dwelling purposes. Expressly excluded from this definition are hotels, motels, rooming houses and boardinghouses, and summer bungalows if covered by any other Village, town, county or state laws, rules, regulations or ordinances, unless such structure is occupied year round. Also expressly excluded are single boarders or foster children living with the owner of said property within the same living unit as the owner.
The owner of a property containing rented residential apartment units must, before renting, apply to the Building Inspector and/or his assistant for a certificate of rental safety.
It is the express intent of this article to require owners of rented residential apartment units to have a certificate of rental safety which shall be renewed every 12 months.
The Building Inspector and/or his assistant after inspecting the premises shall, within five working days from the date of inspection, issue a certificate of rental safety or, if the premises are in violation, shall send the owner or agent a written list of each such violation, together with a specific time in which the owner must correct same.
The Building Inspector and/or his assistant shall reinspect the premises within five working days after he has been notified that the corrections have been made.
The inspection which is authorized pursuant to this article shall be made after receiving permission from the owner or person in control of the premises. Prior to receiving permission, the Building Inspector and/or his assistant shall advise the owner of the premises or the person otherwise in control that they may refuse to grant permission for the inspection. The owner or such other person in control shall also be advised that in the event that permission to perform the inspection is not granted, then the Building Inspector and/or his assistant will apply to a court of proper jurisdiction to obtain an appropriate warrant to inspect the premises; provided, however, that an inspection without permission or without a warrant may be conducted in emergency situations.
This article shall cover all property and buildings in which one or more units are located.
Application in triplicate for certificates of rental safety shall be supplied to the owner or his agent of any rented residential apartment units by the Building Inspector and/or his assistant and shall, among other pertinent information, contain the name of the owner, location of the unit, number of units available and the number of rooms in each apartment.
A certificate of rental safety issued by the Building Inspector shall state that, as of the date of inspection, the rented residential apartment units and the building housing the same are not in violation of any state or local codes, ordinances and/or local laws applicable to rented residential apartment units and buildings. In addition thereto, each certificate of rental safety shall state the name of the owner, address of the premises, identity of the unit by number or other suitable means and shall state the number of people permitted to occupy said unit, which number shall be arrived at by applying the provisions of the housing or building code.
The owner, his agent and/or representative shall be in violation of the provisions of this article if he shall lease, sublet or otherwise rent or occupy a rented residential apartment unit without obtaining a certificate of rental safety. Once such certificate shall be issued, it shall be valid for a twelve-month period.
Every person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article shall, for the first conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $250 and not more than $5,000; for a second or subsequent conviction within 12 months after any previous conviction, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more that 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day of continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.
The certificate of rental safety issued for any unit, or a copy thereof, shall be posted conspicuously at all times.
The Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodridge is hereby authorized to adopt a resolution or by resolutions a schedule or schedules of reasonable and uniform fees that are required to be paid for rental safety certificates, inspections or any other associated fees that are now required or provided by this article or that may hereafter be required or provided for. Such resolution or resolutions shall be adopted at a regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees, and the fees so established may be revised or amended from time to time by a resolution or resolutions adopted at a regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees. Said sum shall be paid on application thereof and shall be deposited in the general fund of the Village of Woodridge.