[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Warwick as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-16-1999 by Ord. No. 99-1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Art. I, Registration, adopted 1-13-1992 by Ord. No. 92-2.
The Warwick Township Board of Supervisors, in order to collect Township taxes in a more efficient and equitable manner, hereby enacts the following article requiring owners of certain leased properties situate in the boundaries of the Township to report the name and address of the tenant or tenants of the leased property, and prescribing a system of tenant registration.
It is hereby ordained that all owners of property leased for either residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial occupancy shall annually report the home address of residential tenants, and/or the principal office address of commercial, institutional, or industrial tenants. Such reporting shall occur by January 31 of each new year. This requirement shall be independent of all other sections of this article including §§ 151-3 and 151-4 regarding preparation and mailing of forms.
The Board of Supervisors of Warwick Township shall, within 45 days of the adoption of this article, appoint a person or persons whose duty shall be to compile and maintain a compilation of all residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial real estate leased within the boundaries of the Township. In addition, the above appointed person or persons shall maintain a compilation of the tenants occupying said real estate. Vacancies in the office of the registration official shall be filled within 30 days.
Warwick Township shall provide forms to be used for the registration of tenants in leased properties within the boundaries of Warwick Township. The preparation of these forms shall be accomplished within 60 days of the adoption of this article. The initial mailing of these forms shall be accomplished within 90 days of the adoption of this article. All subsequent mailings shall be accomplished biannually, at a date deemed appropriate by the Registration Officer. Also required on the form shall be the name or names and addresses of tenants who have vacated the property within six months of the date of the mailing of the form. Owners of real property which is currently leased, or which has been released during the previous calendar year, shall complete the form and forward it to the Township within 15 days of the receipt of same.
Editor's Note: Said forms are included at the end of this chapter.
The provisions of this article are declared to be for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Township and persons violating any provisions of this article, upon conviction before the District Justice of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, shall be subject to a minimum fine not less than $600. Each year within which a report is not filed shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense.