The following observations are based on the research provided to the Housing Sub-Committee of the Planning & Development Committee by City of Evanston staff, as well as on the discussions the committee has had on the topic of rental registration versus licensing. When we refer to “other municipalities” below, we are referring to those municipalities researched by City staff.
Two Main Issues to Be Addressed:
Issue 1: Monitoring landlords
Success in monitoring landlords depends on two resources:
The City lacks both of these. Neither registration nor licensing provisions can be enforced without these resources in place.
Issue 2: Enforcing compliance with rules & regulations
The tools we currently have for enforcing compliance from property owners who are in violation are fees.
The other remedies listed for “problem landlords” in the research that staff presented included:
Other issues we’ve noticed in Sub-Committee discussions:
Steps that could point to a decision:
Joining Forces feels that the following steps could be of value to the Housing Sub-Committee:
Identifying what needs to be in place in order to address those problems and perform those functions (prerequisites)--like systems and staffing—and determining whether it is possible and worthwhile to put those in place before changing policy