[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Central Square as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-23-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
This article shall be known as "Local Law No. 1 of 2012, A Local Law for Administration of the Housing Maintenance Regulations," to enhance and protect the safety, health and welfare of the residential neighborhoods of the Village of Central Square.
This article provides for the administration of the housing maintenance regulations contained in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code to enhance and protect the safety, health and welfare of the residential neighborhoods of the Village of Central Square.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- RENTAL DWELLING UNIT
- Any dwelling in the Village that is occupied for housekeeping purposes by someone other than the owner of the property, including one- or two-family dwellings, multiple dwellings or mixed-use residential use buildings.
Owners and lessors of rental dwelling units or their respective agents shall, within one year after the effective date of this article or 90 days from the date of mailing of registration forms by the Code Enforcement Officer, whichever occurs first, file with the Code Enforcement Officer, on a registration form supplied by him, the following information:
The names and addresses of the owner or lessor, and of their respective agents, upon whom violation orders may be served.
A description of the property, by street and number or otherwise, as will enable the Code Enforcement Officer to locate the same.
Such other appropriate information as may be requested, including but not limited to the use of the premises, available facilities, the number of dwelling units and the size of rooms, together with a schematic drawing showing the typical floor layout of the units and rooms with appropriate designations and identifications.
Change in ownership. Upon any change in ownership, the new owner or lessor, or their respective agents, shall reregister the rental dwelling unit(s) with the Code Enforcement Officer within 30 days.
Fee. The Village Board of Trustees may establish a fee, upon resolution, to be paid by the owner of the rental dwelling unit to offset the cost of registering and inspecting the rental dwelling unit in accordance with this article.
No rental dwelling unit shall be occupied until and unless a certificate of compliance has been issued by the Code Enforcement Officer certifying that such rental dwelling unit conforms to the housing maintenance provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, this article and other applicable local laws and regulations, except that a temporary certificate may be issued upon showing, to the satisfaction of the Code Enforcement Officer, that remedial action is being taken to correct violations.
A certificate of compliance shall be valid for three years from the date of issuance.
A certificate may be revoked, by written notice thereof, if, upon an inspection, the rental dwelling unit is found to be in violation of the housing maintenance provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code or this article.
All structures containing rental dwelling units shall be inspected for compliance with the housing maintenance provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code or other law or regulation at least once each 36 months, and upon the request of any owner or tenant, or at any time prior to the issuance of a certificate of compliance required by § 136-5 of this article.
[Added 1-12-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
The violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed an offense, and upon such conviction, such offender may be punished by a fine not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. For a repeat offender, the maximum penalty shall be two times that set forth in this section. In either case, each day that such violation shall continue shall constitute a separate violation.
The foregoing shall not be deemed the sole right and remedy of Village relative to enforcement, and the Village may also, or alternatively, assert and pursue any other rights, any and all civil or criminal actions, proceedings or remedies available at law.