Pekin Ordinance Targets Rental Properties

The goal of a new Pekin ordinance is simply to reduce crime.

The Crime Free Housing Ordinance focuses on rental properties.

One benefit of the ordinance will be better communication between police and landlords.

"If there's an ongoing problem (with crime), the landlord's gonna know about it, whereas in the past we've heard landlords say we didn't even know there was a problem", says Pekin Public Information Officer Mike Eeten.

Pekin officers will be checking rental properties daily, and relaying police activity to landlords.

All Pekin rental property owners will have to register with the city, pay a $10.00 yearly licensing fee and be required to attend a 4 hour seminar every three years at no cost.

The seminars will not only explain to landlords the workings of the ordinance, but will also give them tools in screening tenants, explain how to properly conduct evictions and offer a number of crime prevention tips specifically designed for owners of residential properties.

Pekin landlords will also have to attach a Crime Free lease addendum to every lease that a tenant enters, unless the owner already has similar language in their lease.

The addendum gives the owners the ability to evict tenants committing crime and being disorderly.

The ordinance goes into effect on July 24th.

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