Village Inspections — What You Need To Know

  • Fines From Activities At Your Property — More and more these days we see the building/community development department on the street handing out warnings and fines for activities that violate village ordinances. These fine- provoking issues can range from tire marks in the lawn, grass growing too high, trees needing to be trimmed, and fence damage. I truly believe that the goal of the village is to keep rental properties from becoming eye sores, however, this is an activity that will affect many landlords from time to time.
  • Repairs That Require Permits — When it comes time to address repairs stemming from the rental license inspection, these repairs may need to be completed by contractors and permits may be required. These permit-related activities often bring additional inspections by the building department which provides an opportunity for greater scrutiny of the property by that village. It is important to follow local ordinances but also additionally important to understand the level of difficulty one village may present over another before you buy a property or convert your property into a rental.
  • Existing Property Violations — Often a property already has building code or violation issues. You, as the owner, or the seller you are buying from, may not even realize there is an issue. When purchasing an investment property you, as the new owner, will inherit any property violations. The truth is that many times a seller may not even realize their property has issues, as they may not have received the notice due to mailing address issues. Many times the seller bought the property with the issues and were never forced to be compliant at any point during their ownership.

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