Go to Cole Home Maintenance home page

Local town ordinances relating to apartment buildings and restaurants


Schaumburg Apartment Rental License



Chapter 123
Rental, License, Association License and Vacant Building Registration


123.01  Definitions
123/02  Rental License Required
123.03  Association License Required
123.04  Vacant Building Registration Required


123.01  Definitions

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:

Abandoned Building:    A property that is vacant and is under a current notice of default and/or notice of trustee's sale, pending tax assessor's lien sale and/or properties that have been the subject of a foreclosure sale where the title was retained by the beneficiary of a deed of trust involved in a foreclosure and any properties transferred under a deed in lien of foreclosure/sale.

Association License:   A license required for homeowners' associations that control and/or maintain common areas and/or common property and any portion of the property, building or structure to another person, business, corporation, or entity for any fixed period of time shall be deemed to be engaged in the business of renting property.

Evidence of Vacancy:  Any conditions that on its own or combined with other conditions present would lead a reasonable person to believe that the property is vacant.  Such conditions include, but are not limited to, overgrown and/or dead vegetation, accumulation of newspapers, circulars, flyers and/or mail, past due utility notices and/or disconnected utilities, accumulation of junk and/or debris.

Property:  Any unimproved or improved real property or portion thereof, situated in the Village of Schaumburg and includes the buildings or structures located on the property regardless of condition.

Rental License:  A license required for any owner of a building, structure, dwelling or dwelling unit who rents, leases, or controls any portion of the property, building or structure to another person, business, corporation or entity for any fixed period of time.

Unoccupied Building:   A building or portion thereof which lacks the habitual presence of human beings who have legal right to be on the premises.

Vacant Building      A building or structure that is unoccupied or not legally occupied or is abandoned for more than forty-five (45) days, but does not include unoccupied buildings or structures which may  be undergoing construction or rehabilitation and have a current building permit.

(Ord. 09-071, passed 6-23-2009)

123.02  Rental License Required

(A)  License Required:  No person shall engage in the business of renting without having obtained a license.

(1)  Residential Property:  It shall be unlawful to rent a residential dwelling or dwelling unit without first obtaining a rental license
issued by the department of finance for the specific location.

(2)  Nonresidential Property:   It shall be unlawful to rent a nonresidential building or structure without first obtaining a rental
license issued by the department of finance for the specific location.

(3)  Rooming House:   I(t shall be unlawful to operate a rooming house or occupy any rooming unit in any rooming house without
 first obtaining a rental license issued by the department of finance for the specific location.  This licensing specialized living centers act, dealing with the developmentally disabled, or other similar  uses governed by state or federal laws, rules or regulations.

(B)  Application:  Application for a license hereunder shall be made in writing and shall be processed in accordance with chapter 110
of this title and shall submit the following information in an application provided by the village.

(1)  Name, address and home and business telephone numbers of the owner of the property, and, if property is held in trust,
the name, address, home and business telephone numbers of the beneficiaries and the percentages of ownership of all the beneficiaries of the trust, appropriate corporate or partnership information.  The name, address, and phone number of the management company and agent representing an association shall be provided.

(2)  Name, address (no P.O. boxes), business and home telephone numbers of the owner or agent to be contacted when potential
violations of municipal ordinances occur.

(3)  Telephone number of the owner or agent to be contacted when an emergency exists.

(4)  An acknowledgement that the agent or owner shall be reasonably accessible to the village and have a telephone number
 which shall be available to the village at any time.  The owner or agent shall have a local officer available for contact in Illinois.

(5)  In the event any of the information requested should  change, it shall be the obligation of the owner to notify the village in
 writing within ten (10) days of the change.

(6)  No license shall be issued or renewed unless the owner, condominium, townhouse, or homeowners' association, or operator
agrees to their application to inspection pursuant to this chapter  as the village manager may require to determine whether the location in connection with which such license is sought is in compliance with the applicable provisions of this chapter and with the applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto.


(C)  License Fee:   The cost of a license shall be as set forth in section 41.01 of this code.

(D)  Crime Free Housing Seminar Required for Residential Property Owners:   All persons app;lying for a rental license for residential
property shall have successfully completed a mandatory crime free housing seminar, administered by the Schaumburg police department, prior to issuance of the license.  The seminar may be attended after an application has been submitted.  The license will be issued after successful completion of the seminar.

(E)  Rooming Houses:  A rooming house shall comply with other conditions of this code dealing with rooming houses. 
The license must be displayed in a conspicuous place within the rooming house at all times.

(F)  Inspections:   The village manager may require inspections to determine whether the location in connection with which such license
 is in compliance with the applicable provisions of this  chapter and with the applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto.  After inspection, no such license shall be issued unless the location is found to meet all applicable requirements of this chapter and applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto.

Locations that change ownership may be required to be  inspected before a new license can be issued.  After inspection, no such  license shall be issued unless the location is found to meet all applicable requirements of this chapter and applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto.

(1)  Whenever, upon inspection of the location, the director of community development or designee finds that conditions or practices
exist which are in violation of the provisions of this chapter or  of any applicable rules and regulations pursuant thereto, the owner shall be served with notice of such violation in the manner hereinafter provided.  Such notice shall state that unless the violations cited are corrected within reasonable time, the license may be suspended.

(2)  At the end of the time allowed for correction of any violation cited, the director of community development or designee shall
reinspect the location and if the reinspection reveals that such conditions have not been corrected, a request to the village manager to suspend the license may be made.

(3)  Any person whose license has been recommended for suspension shall be entitled to an appeal to the village manager in the
manner provided by this title.  Any written request for appeal shall be filed with the village manager within fifteen (15) days following the issuance of the notice.

(4)  If, upon reinspection, the director of community development or designee finds that the location in connection with which
 the notice was issued is now in compliance with this chapter and with the applicable rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto, a recommendation of the reinstatement of the license may be made to the village manager.

(5)  When the director of community development or designee determines after an initial inspection that additional follow up
inspections are necessary for enforcement of this chapter, two (2) additional follow up the inspections for non-compliance shall be granted each license holder without charge.  In the event more than two (2) follow up inspections are needed, the license holder shall be assessed  a noncompliance inspection service charge as established in section 41.01 of this code, per division/inspection type required to make the reinspection.  Payments must be made in full prior to the license being renewed.  Failure to pay any balance will serve as grounds to deny further permits or licenses from being issued by the village.

(Ord. 09-071, passed 6-23-2009)

123.03  Association License Required

(A)  Residential Association Required to Obtain an Association License:   It shall be unlawful for a condominium, townhouse,
or homeowners' association to operate within the village without first obtaining an association license issued by the department of finance for the specific location.

(B)  Submit A List of Rental Dwelling Units Annually:   A current list of individual rental dwelling unit owners, within the property
 shall be provided annually to the department of finance by the association.  The list shall include the address of each rental dwelling unit and the name and address of the owner or person in control of each rental dwelling unit.

(C)  Requirements:  Residential associations shall comply with all requirements of subsections 123.02(B), (C), and (F) of this chapter.

(Ord. 09-071, passed 6-23-2009)

123.04  Vacant Building Registration Required

(A)  Registration:  All vacant buildings and abandoned buildings shall be registered with the Village of Schaumburg finance department
water billing division.  The registration shall contain the owner's name and in the case of a corporation or out of area beneficiary/trustee, the local agent responsible for the security, maintenance, and marketing for the property.

Properties subject to this chapter shall remain under registration, security and maintenance standards of this section as long as they remain vacant.  Any person, firm or corporation that has registered a property under this chapter must report any changes of registration within ten (10) days of the change.

(1)  The owner of a building who knows, or from all the facts and circumstance should know, that his or her building is or has
become a vacant building after the effective date hereof shall take action to have the building registered with the village within fifteen (15) days.

(2)  Owners of  vacant buildings and mortgage lenders who acquire title to unoccupied buildings shall be required to register same
 with the village within fifteen (15) days after either the date of notice from the village or occurrence of the facts which would cause a reasonable person to believe the building was a vacant building.  The obligation to register buildings shall extend to mortgage lenders that have obtained  title to unoccupied buildings through a mortgage foreclosure action.

(B)  Maintenance:  The  property owner or their designee shall perform inspections of the property and maintain the property and all
structures in conformance with all applicable requirements of this chapter and applicable rules and restrictions pursuant thereto including but not limited to, the following items:

(1)  Interior:  All interior structures shall be maintained in a clean, safe, secure, and sanitary condition.  Special attention shall be made to the utilities and if applicable, sump pumps and other related devices shall be kept operational.  Winterizing the structures shall be completed as necessary.

(2)  Exterior:  All exterior structures and property shall be maintained and be kept free of items that give the appearance that the property is abandoned, including items that are considered evidence of vacancy.

(3)  Address:  Numeric address numbers shall be posed on the structure and shall be in compliance with title 9, chapter 93 of this code.

(4)  Pools and Spas:  Swimming pools and spas shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and in good repair at all
 times.  No pool or spa shall become a mosquito breeding area.  Pools and spas shall be maintained completely void of water or shall be completely covered with a well maintained tight-fitting cover to avoid water retention.  The  disposal, or discharge of pool waste water must be accomplished in such a way that nuisance or damage to other property is avoided.  Properties with pools or spas must comply with the minimum security fencing requirements and title 9, chapter 100 and 102 of this code.

(C)  Security and Monitoring of the Property:  The owner shall properly secure and monitor the property.  When access to or within a
structure is restricted because of secured openings, a key box may be required as determined by the village fire code official.  When required, the key box shall be in compliance with title 15, chapter 153 of this code.

(D)  Obligations of Owners:  Adherence to this section does not relieve the beneficiary/trustee or property owner of any obligations
set forth in any covenants, conditions and restrictions and/or homeowners' association rules and regulations which may apply to the property.