[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors: Art. I, 1-19-1987 as Ord. No. 219; Art. II, 2-21-1966 as Ord. No. 76. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-19-1987 as Ord. No. 219]
Effective as of the effective date of this ordinance, every owner of real estate in Palmer Township who rents or leases any parcel thereof, in whole or in part, to any other person or entity shall make one filing with the Township Secretary at the Township Municipal Building, 3245 Freemansburg Avenue, Palmer Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, of a written certified list of all persons or entities who presently rent or lease real estate from said owner. Said list shall include the names and addresses of all such persons or entities and shall be filed with the Township Secretary to be received no later than March 1, 1987. In addition to the requirement of the aforesaid filing, every such owner of real estate shall file a separate, certified written list with the Township Secretary within 30 days of the date of any change in the person or entity so renting or leasing or within 30 days of the date of any additional person or entity so renting or leasing the subject premises.
For the purposes of this ordinance, the fact that an owner of real estate rents or leases any property for minimal or no rent to another person or entity shall not excuse said owner from the filing of the certified lists required in § 135-1 hereof.
[Amended 10-25-1988 by Ord. No. 227]
Every owner of real estate who fails to so comply with the requirements of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a summary offense and be liable for a fine not exceeding $600 and, in default thereof, imprisonment not exceeding 10 days in the Northampton County Prison. For the purposes of this ordinance, every day that an owner of real estate is late in filing said certified written lists, as required above, shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, for which the fines and penalties stated herein may be imposed on a daily basis.
All prior ordinances or parts thereof, to the extent that the same are inconsistent herewith, shall be and are expressly repealed.
This ordinance shall become effective five days after its adoption.
[Adopted 2-21-1966 as Ord. No. 76]
For the purpose of obtaining accurate information in reference to the ownership of real estate in the Township of Palmer, a real estate registry is hereby established.
The Board of Supervisors shall, by resolution, annually appoint a Registrar of Deeds, whose duty it shall be, under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, to cause to be made all necessary books, maps and plans as will show the location and dimension of each property thereon, which books, maps or plans shall be so prepared as to show the location and name of the owner or owners thereof, with blank spaces for the name of the owner of each lot and with provisions for the names of future owners and the dates of future transfers of title.
For the purpose of establishing such registry, the Registrar of Deeds shall cause a search to be made in any public place where such records of deeds and titles are kept or in any other place for any evidence of title not reported to him as herein provided and necessary for the completion of such books, maps or plans.
The registry, books, maps and plans shall be carefully preserved and shall be so kept, by additions from time to time, as to show the ownership of every lot or piece of real estate or subdivision thereof within or partially within the limits of the Township of Palmer, with the succeeding transmissions of title from the time of the commencement of such plans.
It shall be the duty of all owners of real estate located in Palmer Township, as of the effective date of this ordinance and within 10 days after the date postmarked on written notice mailed to the same, to present their deed or deeds at the office of said Registrar of Deeds between the hours as stated in said notice, for the purpose of having said deed or deeds stamped as evidence of registry thereof and in order for said Registrar to examine, abstract, photocopy, duplicate or reproduce the same for purposes thereof.
All purchasers by deed from and after the effective date hereof shall, within 30 days after acquiring title, record the same in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in and for the County of Northampton.
From and after the effective date hereof, every subsequent owner by devise or descent or otherwise than by deed shall, within 90 days of the vesting of title or within 10 days after the date postmarked on written notice mailed to the same, whichever occurs first, present the aforesaid evidence of title to the Registrar of Deeds for the purposes set forth in § 135-10 hereof.
Written notice as herein provided shall be sufficient if the same is deposited in the United States Mail in the ordinary and customary manner, addressed to the last known address of the owner or reputed owner of said real estate, with postage prepaid.
The Board of Supervisors shall, by resolution, establish the compensation for the Registrar of Deeds and such employees as appointed by the Board, plus such amounts as required for maintenance and operation of said office.
[Amended 10-25-1988 by Ord. No. 227]
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation who or which shall neglect or refuse to comply with any provisions of this ordinance shall be liable to a penalty of $10 plus costs of suit, to be recovered in the name of the Township of Palmer in a suit brought before any Justice of the Peace, in the same manner as debts not exceeding $600 are recoverable.
Each day of violation of the particular code or ordinance applicable shall be considered a separate offense, for which the fines and penalties stated herein may be imposed on a daily basis.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.