[HISTORY: Adopted by the City of Norwalk Common Council 8-13-2013, effective 1-1-2014. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fair rent — See Ch. 39.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A location as described by the full street number, if any, the street name, the city or town, and the state, and not a mailing address such as a post office box.
- AGENT IN CHARGE
- One who manages real estate, including, but not limited to, the collection of rents and supervision of property.
- DWELLING UNIT
- Any house or building, or portion thereof, which is rented, leased or hired out to be occupied, or is arranged or designed to be occupied, or is occupied, as the home or residence of one or more persons, living independently of each other, and doing their cooking upon the premises, and having a common right in the halls, stairways or yard.
Each owner of a dwelling unit in the City of Norwalk, which is not owner-occupied, shall be required to register his/her/its current mailing address with the Director of Public Health. If the owner is a corporation, partnership, trust or other legally recognized entity, it shall be required to register the address of the agent in charge of the building as well as the agent for service of process. If an owner's address changes, notice of the new address shall be provided not more than 21 days after the date that the address change occurred. If the owner fails to file an address under this section, the address to which the municipality mails property tax bills for the property shall be deemed to be the owner or agent's current address. Such address may be used for compliance with the provisions of Subsection B of this section.
Service of municipal orders relating to maintenance of such rental real property or compliance with state law and local codes concerning such real property directed to the owner or agent at the address on file shall be sufficient proof of service of notice of such orders in any subsequent criminal or civil action against the owner or agent for failure to comply with the orders. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to limit the validity of any other means of giving notice of such orders that may be used by the City of Norwalk.
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall have committed an infraction.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall pay a civil penalty of $250 for the first violation and $1,000 for any subsequent violation. Any person who is assessed a civil penalty pursuant to this chapter may appeal to the Superior Court not later than 30 days after the mailing of notice of such assessment.
The requirements of this section shall be in addition to and not in place of any other provisions of the municipal code.