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Inspector wants to educate public on city of Glencoe’s rental ordinance

There may be some misconceptions about the city of Glencoe’s rental ordinance, and inspector Bob Scheidt would like to clear them up.
Most people typically think of rental property as apartment complexes. What many don’t realize is that privately owned homes that are rented to others also are considered rental property — and there are certain codes and standards that must be met.
“People may inherit a house or decide to buy a house and rent it out, but just don’t realize what all is involved,” said Scheidt, a former fire chief who also is the city’s fire marshal.
And one thing they may not realize, he said, is that a homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover something that happens in a rental home.
“Homeowners’ insurance is typically for owner-occupied homes,” said Scheidt.
And because rental homes are not owner-occupied, they have to meet codes and standards, which include such things as standard window openings, egress windows for basements, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and many others, all of which are outlined in the city’s rental ordinance.
“It’s all about life safety and fire safety,” said Scheidt. “And it’s for both parties — the property owner and the tenants alike.”
For the complete story, see the Aug. 16 print edition of The Chronicle.