[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Glen Cove 8-25-1981 by L.L. No. 1-1981 as Ch. 28 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Glen Cove Boardinghouse Ordinance."
The Building Department Administrator shall have the power to promulgate such regulations as he or she deems necessary for carrying this chapter into effect, and such regulations shall have the same authority as though duly enacted by the City Council.
The requirements of this chapter are in addition to those of other laws and ordinances applicable thereto and in case of conflict, the more restrictive provision shall apply and prevail.
As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- BOARDINGHOUSE or ROOMING HOUSE
- A multiple dwelling, in which there are less than 30 sleeping rooms, occupied primarily by transients who are lodged with or without meals, and in which there are provided such services as are incidental to its use as a temporary residence; also a dwelling two or more stories in height, occupied by one or two families and with five or more transient boarders, roomers or lodgers residing with one family.
- LODGING HOUSE
- A dwelling other than a hotel in which persons are housed in a dormitory or dormitories, whether or not the space for sleeping accommodations therein is divided into cubicles, for a single night or for less than one week at a time.
- MULTIPLE DWELLING
- A dwelling which is either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied as the temporary or permanent residence or home of three or more families living independently of each other, including but not limited to the following: a tenement, flat house, maisonette apartment, apartment house, apartment hotel, duplex apartment, kitchenette apartment, hotel, lodging house, rooming house, boardinghouse, boarding and nursery school, furnished room house, club, sorority house, fraternity house, college and school dormitory, convalescent, old age or nursing homes or residences. It shall also include a dwelling, two or more stories in height, and with five or more boarders, roomers or lodgers residing with any one family.
- SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY
- The occupancy by one or two persons of a single room, or two or more rooms which are joined together, separated from all other rooms within an apartment in a multiple dwelling so that the occupant or occupants thereof reside separately and independently of the other occupant or occupants thereof of the same apartment.
Required statement. Each owner, lessee, agent or manager of a multiple dwelling, boardinghouse, rooming house and lodging house shall file a statement with the Building Department containing information by name and address upon whom legal process can be made.
Sign. Each owner, lessee, agent or manager of a multiple dwelling, boardinghouse, rooming house and lodging house, shall post at a conspicuous location at the entrance to such building a sign measuring not less than three inches by five inches in size, containing in legible print the name and address of the owner, lessee, agent or manager, as the case may be, and if the name and address upon whom legal process can be made is other than the name and address stated heretofore, then in such event, such sign shall also include the name and address upon whom legal process can be made.
Form of statement. Each owner, lessee, agent or manager of a multiple dwelling, boardinghouse, rooming house and lodging house, in compliance with and as provided for in Subsection A of this section, shall complete and sign under oath a statement in the manner as follows.
Editor's Note: Said statement is located at the end of this chapter
It shall be unlawful for the owner, lessee, agent or manager of any multiple dwelling maintained within the city containing rooming house accommodations or containing any room or rooms used for single room occupancy and for the lessee of any such multiple dwelling to permit any such accommodations of room or rooms to be occupied by any tenant or other person unless such owner, lessee, agent or manager has obtained a license from the Building Department Administrator.
No license shall be issued unless the multiple dwelling with respect to which such license is sought complies in all respects with all laws applicable thereto and the licensee is complying with all such laws, including but not limited to the City of Glen Cove Housing Code, the Multiple Residence Law and the City of Glen Cove Zoning Ordinance.
An application for a license hereunder shall contain the name and address of the owner, agent, lessee or manager and list of all rent paying tenants, as well as such other information as may be required by the Building Department Administrator.
No license shall be issued and may be revoked:
Character of applicant. To an applicant not of good moral character.
Fire protection. Unless each and every floor on which rooms are occupied shall be equipped with an approved fire extinguisher in good working condition readily accessible for use at all times.
Condition of premises. Unless the exterior and interior of such buildings are maintained in a suitable state of repair, including but not limited to the following:
Hallways, stairways. Unless all walls and ceilings of hallways and walls and support of the stairways of such buildings shall be covered with materials or assemblies having a fire rating of at least one hour.
Maximum occupancy. Unless no more than four persons in the aggregate shall occupy a sleeping room.
Sanitary facilities. Unless proper sanitary facilities are provided, including one bathroom for every six persons or portion thereof and one bathroom on every floor.
The annual fee for a license shall be as set forth from time to time by the City Council, and all licenses shall expire on the first day of January next succeeding the date of issuance, unless suspended or revoked; provided, however, that if an application for a permit is filed after July 1 of any year, the fee for such permit for the period terminating the succeeding January 1 shall be as set forth from time to time by the City Council.
It shall be the duty of the owner, lessee, proprietor or manager obtaining such license to display or post a copy thereof and a copy of this chapter in a conspicuous place within the building affected thereby.
Grounds; hearing required. The Building Department Administrator, after giving the holder of a license notice and an opportunity to be heard, may suspend or revoke such license in any case where the licensee makes a false statement in the application for such license or where the licensee violates any provision of this chapter or any law applicable to the multiple dwelling.
Conduct of hearing. Any such hearing may be held by the Building Department Administrator or by any Deputy of the Building Department. When holding any such hearing the Building Department Administrator or Deputy shall have power to take such testimony under oath as he or she may deem necessary and, when taking such testimony, shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and issue subpoenas requiring production before him or her of all books, records and papers which he or she may deem necessary.
Each owner, lessee, agent or manager shall keep upon such premises a register showing the names and occupations of all persons residing or living upon said premises and shall exhibit the same to any member of the Police Department of the city or to the Building Department Administrator at any reasonable time upon demand. Upon failure to exhibit the same, such license shall be revoked.
A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute an offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000 and not to exceed $2,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 15 days. Each day any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.