Ordinance requires owners to register rental property

Regarding Rockford City Ordinance 2013-024-O “Residential Quality Support Ordinance” described on the inset in the water bill. The ordinance can be read on www.rockfordil.gov.

A gentleman asked a librarian if he was required to register his property that his sister rents.

The ordinance describes a renter as anyone living at the address unless the owner also lives at the address.

The city will notify the owner if a felony or Class A misdemeanor occurred. The city expects the owner to put a stop to gang and illegal drug activity. The city will not notify for domestic disturbance.

The city needs the registration to identify the owner, even though the city water bill requires the name of the owner.

The ordinance reads that if the property is sold by contract, the transaction must be recorded with Winnebago County, even though the ordinance was passed because the city can’t access the county’s records.

Registering allows the city to contact the owner by e-mail before they inspect for code violations. The fines for not registering are $50 for 30 days, $150 for 60 days and $50 to $750 after that. Registration is required every two years in the month of February.

Forrest Snavely
Loves Park, Ill.

From the Feb. 12-18, 2014, issue

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