[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Robinson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-1-1972 by Ord. No. 440-1972; amended in its entirety 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989 as Ch. 11, Part 1, of the 1989 Code]
This article is enacted to provide for the uniform and equitable distribution of the tax levies in the Township of Robinson and upon the inhabitants thereof and to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Township of Robinson.
As used in this article, 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 activity or purpose.
- DWELLING UNIT
- One or more rooms used for living and sleeping purposes, arranged for occupancy by one family or by one or more persons.
- A lessor or person who acts as agent for the lessor of any parcel of real estate located in the Township of Robinson or a lessor or person who acts as agent for the lessor of any improvements on real estate or any building located in the Township of Robinson.
- Any individual, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
- A person who has the use, either by himself or with others, of a dwelling unit or a business unit owned by a person other than himself for a period exceeding 30 days.
Within 30 days from the effective date of this article, each landlord shall submit to the Township Manager or his designated agent a report form supplied by the Township Secretary which includes the following information:
List of the dwelling units and business units owned by the landlord located within the Township of Robinson limits, whether occupied or not occupied;
Address of each dwelling unit and business unit;
Brief description of each dwelling unit or business unit;
Whether or not said dwelling unit or business unit is inhabited or utilized by tenants; and
Names of the tenant or tenants utilizing the aforementioned dwelling unit or business unit, if any.
After the effective date of this article, any person who becomes a landlord of any parcel of real estate or any improvement on real estate or building located in the Township of Robinson by agreement of sale, by deed, or by any other means shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Township Manager or his designated agent the information and data set forth in § 212-3 above and on forms to be provided by the Township Secretary.
After the effective date of this article, each and every landlord of property within the Township of Robinson shall report to the Township Manager or his designated agent on a report form to be supplied by the Township Secretary any change in the use or occupancy of any dwelling unit or business unit owned by such landlord. The reported change shall include the name or names of new tenants of such dwelling unit or business unit, the date when such change was effected, and the forwarding address of the old tenant or tenants, if known. A landlord of a hotel, inn or boardinghouse shall not be required to report a person as a tenant until that person has resided in such landlord's establishment for a period exceeding 30 days. In the event that a dwelling unit or business unit was used or utilized by a tenant and then becomes vacant, this change shall also be reported to the Township Manager or his designated agent. All reports required by this section shall be made within 10 days after a landlord has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in occupancy or has become vacant.
The Secretary, under the authority of this article, shall:
Maintain on file at the Township office the names of the landlords owning dwelling units and business units in the Township of Robinson, said list to include the names of the current tenants of said dwelling units and business units;
Notify the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief of the Township of Robinson of the address and description of any dwelling unit or business unit that is vacant, unoccupied and not in use.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.