Crime Free-Rental Nuisance Housing Program


In 2012, the South Chicago Heights Village Board passed a Crime Free-Rental Housing Nuisance Housing Program Ordinance. The program was first developed in Mesa, Arizona in 1992 to assist tenants, owners and managers of rental properties in keeping drugs and other criminal activity away from their rental properties. Since its inception, the program has been implemented in:

  • 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states
  • 5 Canadian Provinces
  • Afghanistan
  • England
  • Finland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia

Crime Free Lease Addendum

The ordinance allows and explains the requirement to implement a Crime Free Lease Addendum (PDF) for rental properties as well as allows for screening potential tenants for a history of illegal behavior.

Property Monitoring

The South Chicago Heights Police Department monitors the program for property owners or their agents. Once entered into the program, police and landlords/managers will assess the physical security and the general appearance of the rental property to help deter criminal activity.  

For More Information

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Bob Tilton by calling 708-755-3521 or by email.

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