[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple 8-9-1993 by Ord. No. 93-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is enacted to provide for the uniform and equitable distribution of tax levies in the Township of Marple and upon the inhabitants thereof.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- BUSINESS UNIT
- A parcel of real estate, with or without improvements located thereon, utilized by any person or persons for any commercial, professional or business activity or purpose.
- A lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any parcel of real estate located in Marple Township, or a lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any improvements on real estate or any building located in Marple Township.
- Any individual, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
- A person who has the use, either by himself or with others, of a business unit owned by a person other than himself, for a period exceeding 30 days.
Each landlord shall submit to the Department of Code Enforcement a report which includes the following information:
List of the business units owned by the landlord, located within Marple Township limits, whether occupied or not occupied.
Address of each business unit.
Brief description of each business unit.
Whether or not said business unit is inhabited or utilized by tenants.
Names of tenant or tenants utilizing the aforementioned business unit, if any.
Current telephone number of landlord.
Current telephone number of each tenant.
After the effective date of this chapter, any person who becomes a landlord of any parcel of real estate or any improvement on real estate or building located in Marple Township by agreement of sale, by deed or by any other means, shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Department of Code Enforcement the information and data set forth in § 220-3 above.
After the effective date of this chapter, each and every landlord of property within Marple Township shall report to the Department of Code Enforcement any change in the use or occupancy of any business unit owned by such landlord. The reported change shall include the name or names of new tenants of such business unit, the date when such change was effected, and the forwarding address of the old tenant or tenants if known. In the event that a business unit was used or utilized by a tenant and then becomes vacant, this change shall also be reported to the Department of Code Enforcement. All reports required by this section shall be made within 10 days after landlord has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in occupancy or has become vacant.
The Township Secretary or her designee shall maintain a file at the Marple Township Office, containing the names of the landlords owning business units in Marple Township, said list to include the names of the current tenants of said business units.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs by imprisonment for not more than 30 days.