Chapter 17-12


17-12-010    Definitions.

17-12-010 Definitions.

As used in this title:

“Action” means recoupment, counter-claim, setoff, suit at law or in equity and any other proceeding in which rights are determined, including an action for possession and/or an action for unpaid rent.

“City” means the city of Harvey.

“Code” means any state statute, city ordinance, governmental regulation concerning fitness for habitation, or the construction, maintenance, operation, occupancy, use or appearance of any premises or dwelling unit.

“Conditional license” means any license issued to a premise, which has a violation or violations of applicable regulations.

“Condominium” means any dwelling unit under individual ownership in a multi-unit structure under individual ownership in a multi-unit structure as provided in the Condominium Property Act of the state of Illinois.

“Condominium association” means any organization or association which governs the operation of common areas or services for two or more condominiums as provided in the Condominium Property Act of the state of Illinois.

“Director of planning” means the planning director or person acting in the directors stead or as appointed by the director to act as his or her agent.

“Dwelling unit” means one or more rooms physically arranged so as to create an independent housekeeping establishment for occupancy by one family with separate bathroom and facilities for cooking and sleeping.

“Fair rental value” means the prevailing value of comparable rental units in the city.

“Inspection group” means the portion of a building or those buildings within an apartment complex as may be under the same legal and/or beneficial ownership.

“Landlord” means the owner, lessor, or sublessor of the dwelling unit or the building of which it is a part.

“Multi-family rental structure” means a building which contains three or more dwelling units, of which at least fifty (50) percent are rental units.

“Notice” means unless otherwise stated, all notices required herein shall be in writing and shall be served by one party upon the other by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or personally upon the landlord, lessee or member of his household over the age of eighteen (18). Service of notice of eviction for failure to pay rent may be posted where an attempt to serve by certified mail or by personal service has been unsuccessful.

“Owner” means one or more persons, jointly or severally, in whom is vested all or part of the legal title to the premises, or all or part of the beneficial ownership and a right to present use and enjoyment of the premises, including a mortgage holder in possession.

“Person” means an individual or corporation, government, governmental subdivision or agency business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association or any other legal commercial entity.

“Premises” means a dwelling unit and the structure of which it is a part, and facilities and appurtenances therein, and grounds, areas and facilities held out for the use of tenants.

“Rent” means all payments to be made to the landlord under the rental agreement.

“Rental agreement” means all written agreements and valid rules and regulations adopted pursuant to agreement, or under Section 17-24-010(B) of this title embodying the terms and conditions concerning the use and occupancy of a specified dwelling unit and premises.

“Tenant” means a person entitled under a rental agreement to occupy a rental unit.

“Term usage” means whenever herein the term “person,” “landlord” or “tenant” is used in the masculine or singular form, said term shall also include and refer to the feminine or plural form. (Ord. 3122 § 1 (part), 2004)