What are responsibilities of the tenant?
The tenant is required to fulfill any obligations set forth in the lease by the landlord. The tenant is also responsible for permitting inspections to take place, keeping the unit in a clean and sanitary condition and taking responsibility for their actions and the actions of any guest. If concerns are identified during unit inspections, the tenant should cooperate with the landlord to ensure work to improve or repair the unit can be performed and make it comply with code standards.
Tenant Protections under the Rental Registration Program
The Multi-Family Residential Rental Registry Ordinance helps protect residents and property owners from undesirable and adverse effects generated by the presence of substandard, unsafe and/or non-code compliant rental housing properties. The program also helps the Village, property owners and managers, and tenants effectively and efficiently communicate important or urgent information. Learn more about the Rental Registration Program here.
Protections for Cook County Residents
Cook County's recent adoption of the Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance provides renters' rights and landlord protections to Cook County suburban residents. You can download a summary of the ordinance on the Cook County website here.
Read and Sign Your New Lease
When you are preparing to sign a lease, there are a few items you should look for in the lease. Items such as rent cost, lease duration, security deposit, late fees for rent, subletting possibility, pet restrictions, and any other fees or obligations for the tenant should be included. If when looking over the lease you feel uncomfortable or unsure about a certain clause in the lease, ask the landlord for clarification or seek assistance from a third party. Until you have read and understood the lease, you should not sign any lease.
Additionally, listed below are some common questions that should be answered by the content in the lease agreement.
- How and when is rent paid?
- Which utilities are included with rent?
- Is the rental unit furnished?
- Is a parking space included, or does parking cost an additional fee?
- How are maintenance requests submitted?
- Are you able to paint or make alterations in the rental unit?
Besides paying for rent, there are other deposits and fees associated with rental housing. These deposits and fees will be listed in your lease, so it’s important to read your lease completely before signing. Listed below are common deposits and fees, which may be included in your lease.
- Application/screening fee
- Cleaning deposit and/or fee
- Damage/repair fees
- Parking fee
- Pet deposit and/or monthly fee
- Security deposit (not to exceed two months’ rent)
- Trash collection fee
- Utilities (the landlord may or may not cover any/all utilities)
- Utilities security deposit
Riverside requires all vehicles that are housed or registered to a Riverside address have a current vehicle sticker displayed in the front windshield. View more information about vehicle stickers.
Be aware that overnight (2am to 6am) parking is prohibited on any Village street or public property.
Guest overnight parking is allowed in Village Parking Lot Number 1 which is located on the north side of the intersection of Barrypoint Road and Bloomingbank Road. Lot Number 1 is directly west of the Riverside Train Station. Parking in the brown numbered spaces is prohibited. Blue numbered parking spaces are available to the public. The hourly fee for parking in the blue numbered spaces is $0.25 for every hour.
To pay for parking online, click here to visit the Passport Parking website. You may also pay by phone at 708-716-0716. Riverside is Zone 60546.
To register your vehicle for an online overnight parking pass, please visit the Frontline PSS portal.
For more information on resident, commuter, and visitor parking in Riverside, visit this page.