[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Port Chester 4-2-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building and fire prevention — See Ch. 151.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 153.
Housing standards — See Ch. 197.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 245.
Zoning — See Ch. 345.
Editor's Note: Former Ch. 254, Restaurants, Art. I, Dancing where Alcoholic Beverages are Served, adopted 1-22-1934, as amended, was repealed 1-31-2001 by L.L. No. 3-2001. Former Art. II, Sale of Nonintoxicating Liquors and Beverages, adopted 4-6-1925, as amended, was repealed 11-3-1997 by L.L. No. 17-1997.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a registry of all rental property as herein defined in the Village of Port Chester thereby enabling the identification of those responsible for the care and management of such property and ensure the enforcement of state, federal and local laws and regulations.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
- Any improved real property located within the Village of Port Chester.
- Any individual(s), partnership or corporation, limited liability company, or any similar type of business association or proprietary interest, whether for profit or otherwise, in whose name title to a building is vested.
- RENTAL PROPERTY
- Includes any building containing two or more residential dwelling units (as defined in the New York State Uniform Building and Fire Prevention Code) or a mixed commercial/residential use which is either rented, leased, let or hired out. This definition shall not be deemed to include cooperative apartments.
Every owner of rental property shall register such property with the Building Department by completing a form, known as a landlord registration statement. This form shall be accompanied by a filing fee of $25.
Every such owner shall file a new landlord registration statement no less than 30 days prior to the anniversary date of initial filing.
Every such owner shall immediately notify the Building Department whenever the information provided in a landlord registration statement that is on file is no longer accurate or is out-of-date. A landlord registration statement shall be filed whenever there is a change of ownership of the rental property. It is the responsibility of the new owner to see that such statement is filed within 90 days of the closing of title. If the building is no longer to be used for rental property, the new owner shall notify the Building Department accordingly.
The form for the landlord registration statement shall require the following information:
The property address, the section, block and lot number as stated on the Tax Map of the Town of Rye.
The number of residential dwelling units in the building.
The name, address and telephone number of the owner.
If the owner is a corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other similar business entity, the name, address (post office box is not acceptable) and telephone number of a person who shall be authorized to accept notices and legal process on its behalf.
If the owner does not occupy the rental property, the name, address (post office box address is not acceptable) and telephone number of a responsible person or managing agent over the age of 21 years old, actually residing or doing business in Westchester County, who is responsible for the care and management of such property and is authorized by said owner to accept notices and legal process on behalf of the owner.
The landlord registration statement shall be signed by the owner and witnessed by a notary public and shall contain the following declaration: "I certify that all information contained in this statement is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that the willful making of any false statement of material fact herein will subject me to the provision of law relevant to the making and filing of false instruments and shall constitute a violation of this chapter."
No rental property shall be occupied by anyone without compliance with the provisions of this chapter, and the owner's failure to comply shall constitute a violation of a certificate of occupancy.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall also constitute a violation of this chapter and be punishable by criminal fine or subject to civil penalty in an amount no less than $250 and not to exceed $1,000. Each day's violation shall constitute a separate and distinct charge.