About the Residence

About the residence--"Before you sign, read your lease."

Occupancy of Dwelling Units - City of Evanston (Ordinance 6-4-1-14)--This ordinance requires that no more than 3 unrelated individuals live in any living unit, apartment, or house that is being rented. The definitions of the various types of "families" is found in 6-18-3, Definitions. The zoning board may notify landlords that they must choose to pay a fine or terminate the lease and evict tenants when there are more than 3 unrelated people in one apartment or rental house. The exceptions to this rule are the houses that are zoned as boarding houses.

Find out the official information about your prospective Evanston property--The City of Evanston keeps updated information on all properties within the Evanston city limits.  To find out the official information about your prospective property (ward information, trash pick-up days, polling places, street cleaning days and much more) enter a house number and select a street on this Evanston city website.

Find out the official information about your prospective Chicago property--The City of Chicago keeps updated information on all properties within the Chicago city limits.  To find out the official information about your prospective property, enter a house number and select a street on this Chicago city website.

Request the latest Evanston city inspection information--You may want to contact the Evanston City Online Citizen Support Center to request the latest city inspection information of the property and the most recent status of the property. This information will reveal any code or zoning issues with your prospective property and if so, what the current state of adjudication is with that property. To request this information, either call 311 (or call 847-448-4311 if outside the city); or make an online request at the Evanston Online Citizen Support Center.

Property Standards, Fire Standards and Building Codes--For more detailed information on current and historical Evanston-City property standards, refer to the following site:

          Property Dockets—City of Evanston:
          http://www.cityofevanston.org/transparency/property-dockets/

Updated with this information, you can be sure to work out any issues with your potential landlord before you sign anything. Should you choose to sign the lease and you are aware of any issues, be sure to put in writing how the landlord will resolve these issues.

Public Transportation--What are my options for nearby public transportation in relation to this property? How close to public transportation is this property? See this website for transportation options.