What is going on in the northern suburbs of Chicago? First, Skokie sought to impose a rental licensing ordinance and now Evanston is seeking to implement an update of their current ordinance. The Evanston Patch reported that landlords came out in force at a City Council meeting on October 8, 2012 to object to the passage of the proposed law. The North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors have been vocal in their opposition of the law, producing a position paper directed to the Mayor of Evanston and City Council detailing their objections to the law.
Among other things (and like the proposed and now likely tabled Skokie ordinance), the proposed law sought to fine landlords who did not immediately evict tenants, failing to understand that it can take many months to evict a tenant through the courts.
It should be noted that Evanston already has a rental registration ordinance (42-O-08) in force. The last attempt to make amendments to the law in 2008 also failed. It has been reported that the City Council has decided to delay action on the ordinance at this time.