THE VILLAGE OF LYONS MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE TO SELL YOUR HOME.

ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS:

The Village of Lyons has adopted policies and procedures that can make selling your home a lengthy and expensive process. Mandatory inspection by the Village before you can sell your home has been a long-standing requirement. While this type of “point-of-sale” home inspection to address health and safety concerns is a legitimate function, there are several Village policies and practices that go far beyond safety and habitability.

How will these Village Inspections Affect You?

These requirements must be complied with at the time you sell your home—a part of the point-of-sale home inspection.

Home inspections will take money from your pocket for expensive and unnecessary upgrades to your home. In addition, the Village’s enforcement practices could delay or possibly prevent your ability to sell/transfer your home. This could lead to prospective buyers moving on to other homes in other municipalities.

Here are some examples of Village requirements:

· Fire-rated walls or sprinkler heads need to be installed around/over boilers. Sometimes, expansion tanks are required.

· Cracks in a driveway must be addressed with entire re-paving

· Follow-up inspections typically result in the discovery of new items not found on the first inspection. This can trigger delays in closings.

The Association of REALTORS urges you to stand up for your basic property rights…the right to transfer your property without unnecessary and burdensome requirements. These requirements have already caused havoc for several sellers and buyers in the Village. The Association of REALTORS has requested the Village to reform its policies and strike a better balance between safety/habitability and allowing for uncomplicated real estate transactions. But so far, that request has fallen on deaf ears.

TAKE ACTION!

Contact your Village Trustee and express your opposition to the problems created by this program. Urge them to come up with a different approach—one that addresses safety but does not impose expensive burdens on home sellers and buyers.