Crime Free Housing

The East Hazel Crest Crime Free Rental Housing Program is designed to help residents, owners and managers of rental properties keep drugs and other illegal activity off their properties. The program was started in May of 2009 and requires landlords to:

  • Obtain an annual business license under the program
  • Attend a training seminar
  • Add the Crime Free Housing Lease Addendum on their tenants’ leases

The program is a nationally recognized, effective way to reduce crime in rental properties. The Crime Free Housing program covers all residential rental units, including apartments, single-family homes, individual condominiums and townhomes.

The program's training for landlords and managers focuses on:

Prevention and Applicant Screening

  • How code compliance (preparing the property) can protect landlord rights
  • Benefits of applicant screening
  • Tips to strengthen rental agreements
  • How to become a proactive manager
  • Maintaining a fire safe environment
  • Developing life and safety awareness

Drug Nuisance Awareness

  • Warning signs of drug activity
  • Actions to take if a resident or resident's guests are conducting illegal activities on the property
  • Role of the police
  • Crisis resolution and the eviction process

The East Hazel Crest Crime Free Rental Housing Program is designed to enhance the safety for rental property tenants, managers, landlords, the surrounding neighborhood and the entire community. The Crime Free Rental Housing Program is required under Village Ordinance.


Failure to comply with the ordinance will cause you to be cited by the Village.  Once a citation is issued you will be required to appear in front of a hearing officer at local court.  You will be subject to a fine and still be required to comply with the ordinance if found guilty.


Rental registrations are completed online at  Once you are on that site, select "Village of East Hazel Crest" and create an account.  You will then be able to log in and register your property. 


If you are interested in Smoke Free Housing visit Cook County Public Health or call or contact Aesha Binion at or (708) 633-8342 to obtain more information about this program.

To register for a Crime Free Housing class email Sherri Clark at or contact at 708-798-2186.

For more information, contact program coordinator Michael Tuley at 708-960-2064 or at email