Township of Susquehanna, PA
Dauphin County
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[Ord. 70-4, 8/13/1970, § 1]
The following words when used in this Part shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section except where the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
LESSEE
That person or persons who has the use of real estate of a lessor and is responsible for the giving of any type of consideration therefor, but excluding those who are lessees for a period of less than 30 days.
LESSOR
Any person who grants a lease or otherwise permits the use of his real estate or portion thereof for a consideration, monetary or otherwise.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
TOWNSHIP
Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 70-4, 8/13/1970, § 2]
All lessors within 30 days after the effective date of this Part (August 13, 1970), or in case of real estate thereafter acquired or thereafter rented or becoming available for rental, within 30 days after the acquisition, rental or availability for rental thereof, as the case may be, shall report to the Township the number of parcels or units of real estate presently or hereafter rented and available for rental, a description (by address, number and/or some other meaningful method) of the said parcels or units, and the names of its lessees at the time of such report, together with a designation as to which unit or parcel is occupied by each.
[Ord. 70-4, 8/13/1970, § 3]
Any change in the occupancy of real estate rented or leased or in the identity of the lessee from that shown in the report of the lessor as required in § 11-102 hereof, shall be reported by lessor to the Township within 10 days after such change. It is intended hereby that lessors shall report a new lessee or a lessee who rents or leases a different unit or parcel of lessor's real estate and when a unit or parcel of their real estate becomes vacant.
[Ord. 70-4, 8/13/1970, § 4]
The Township Secretary may prepare a report form entitled "Status of Occupancy Report" which report form may require that information set forth above and such other pertinent information that the Board by resolution may direct its Secretary to incorporate into the said report form. Should such a report form be prepared and made available at the Township Office at 1900 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, lessors shall be required to make their report on the "Status of Occupancy Report" form. The failure to have such report forms, however, shall not excuse the obligation of lessors to provide the information required herein.
[Ord. 70-4, 8/13/1970, § 5; as amended by Ord. 89-16, 11/21/1989]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs, or in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Every day that a violation of this part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
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Additional regulations on Rooming Houses are contained in the Housing Code, (Chapter 5, Part 5).
[Ord. 61-7, 8/10/1961, § 1101; as amended by Ord. 74-35, 5/29/1974, § 2; and by Ord. 89-16, 11/21/1989]
1. 
No person may operate a rooming house unless he holds a rooming house permit issued by the Code Enforcement Officer.
2. 
Application for a permit shall be made by the operator to the Code Enforcement Officer on forms furnished by the Code Enforcement Officer. The application shall include:
A. 
The name and address of the operator, and the name and address of the owner if the operator is not the owner;
B. 
The location of the rooming house including the street and number of each entrance;
C. 
The number or rooming units occupied or available for occupancy and the number of persons who may be accommodated in accordance with the provisions of the Housing Code (Chapter 5, Part 5) and with the regulations issued thereunder; and
D. 
Such other information as the Code Enforcement Officer may by regulation require.
3. 
A permit shall be issued by the Code Enforcement Officer to the operator upon reasonable proof:
A. 
That the rooming house complies with the applicable provisions of the Housing Code and with the regulations issued thereunder; and
B. 
That an occupancy permit certifying that there has been compliance with the provisions of the Building Code (Chapter 5, Part 1) and the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 27) has been issued by the Building Inspector.
4. 
In the event a permit is denied, the Code Enforcement Officer shall give prompt written notice to the applicant.
5. 
The permit fee shall be as established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners. No reduction in the fee shall be made for fractional yearly permits. The permit shall expire at the end of the calendar year in which it is issued and shall be renewed annually at the rate established for the initial permit fee.
6. 
The permit shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the rooming house.
7. 
No transfer of a permit shall be made without the written approval of the Code Enforcement Officer.
8. 
The operator shall promptly notify the Code Enforcement Officer of any transfer of the dwelling to a new owner.
[Ord. 61-7, 8/10/1961, § 1102; as amended by Ord. 74-35, 5/29/1974, § 2]
Any person who operates a rooming house without a currently valid permit issued by the Code Enforcement Officer or who violates any other provision of § 11-201 of this Part 2, shall be subject to prosecution in accordance with § 11-205 without the notice and hearing provided by §§ 11-514 and 11-515 of the Housing Code.
[Ord. 61-7, 8/10/1961, § 1103]
Any person whose application for a rooming house permit has been denied for the reason that the rooming house does not comply with the applicable provisions of the Housing Code, or the regulations issued thereunder as required by § 11-201(3)(A) shall upon request be granted a hearing before the Township Board of Health under the procedure provided by § 5-515 of Chapter 5 of this Codification. The petition for a hearing shall be filed within 10 days from the day written notice of denial is received by the applicant.
[Ord. 61-7, 8/10/1961, § 1104; as amended by Ord. 74-35, 5/29/1974, § 2]
1. 
Whenever the Code Enforcement Officer determines that conditions or practices exist in the operation of a rooming house which are in violation of the Housing Code or of any regulation issued thereunder, he shall give notice to the operator under the procedure provided in the Housing Code (Chapter 5, § 5-514). The operator shall upon request be granted a hearing before the Township Board of Health under the procedure provided by § 5-515 of the Housing Code.
2. 
If the Code Enforcement Officer determines that an emergency exists which necessitates immediate action to protect the public health, safety, or welfare, he may direct that a service of notice under this section shall constitute a suspension of the permit until the suspension is lifted by compliance with the notice or order of the Code Enforcement Officer, or until the permit is revoked by failure to comply with the order of the Code Enforcement Officer.
3. 
When a rooming house permit has been suspended or revoked, the operator shall immediately cease operation of the rooming house and no person may occupy any rooming unit therein.
[Ord. 89-16, 11/21/1989]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 2 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs, or in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Every day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.