Borough of Renovo, PA
Clinton County
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[Ord. 711, 1/14/1994, § 1]
Every owner of real estate within the Borough of Renovo, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, who, whether personally or by agent, rents or leases for residential purposes any parcel of real estate in whole or part to any other person/s shall register with the Tax Collector of the Borough of Renovo a certified list of all person/s who rented real estate from said owner during the 12 months immediately preceding the filing of said registration. Said list shall include the name and last known address of each adult who resided in said rented real estate for all or a portion of said twelve-month period. The list shall be registered and/or filed annually; the deadline for said filing being December 31 of each and every calendar year. The list shall be registered and/or filed together with the owner's remission of Borough real estate taxes for each and every year.
[Ord. 711, 1/14/1994, § 2]
As part of the submission of the name and address of all tenants, it shall be the duty of the landlord, or his agent, to also determine who provided garbage collection services for the tenant during the prior twelve-month period, and to register the name of each garbage haulers who provided said services during the twelve-month period immediately preceding the registration.
[Ord. 711, 1/14/1994, § 3]
All residents of the Borough of Renovo shall submit with their Borough real estate taxes for each and every year, a list of the licensed garbage hauler/s who have provided service to them during the past year.
[Ord. 711, 1/14/1994, § 4]
The Borough officials, or their agent, may additionally require that any resident of the Borough of Renovo provide receipts for all garbage collection services during the twelve-month period in question to verify that they are having their solid waste properly hauled from their premises by a licensed garbage hauler.
[Ord. 711, 1/14/1994, § 5; as amended by A.O.]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50, nor not more than $1,000 plus costs together with reasonable attorney fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 1]
1. 
It shall be unlawful housing practice for:
A. 
The owner of any commercial housing to refuse to sell, rent, lease or in any way discriminate because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, or national origin in the terms, conditions or privileges of the sale, rental or lease of any commercial housing unit or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith.
B. 
For any person, after a complaint regarding a housing accommodation has been filed and prior to a final determination by the Commission, to fail to include a notice of the complaint in any subsequent lease or agreement of sale involving that housing accommodation.
C. 
For any person being the owner, lessee, manager, superintendent, agent or broker of any commercial housing, or any other person whose duties, whether voluntary or for compensation, relate to the rental, sale or leasing of commercial housing, to establish, announce, or follow a policy of denying or limiting, through a quota system or otherwise, the housing opportunities of any individual or group because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national original, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
D. 
For any person to give false or misleading information, written or oral, with regard to the sale or rental of any commercial housing for the purpose of discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
E. 
For any person to aid, abet, incite, induce, compel or coerce the doing of an unlawful housing practice prohibited by this Part, or to obstruct or prevent any person from complying with the provisions of this Part or any other issued hereunder.
F. 
For any person selling, renting, or leasing housing accommodations, as broker or agent, or as an employee or representative of a broker or agent, or as an employee or representative of a broker or agent, to refuse or limit service to any person on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user or to accept or retain a listing of any housing accommodations for sale, rent or lease with an understanding that discrimination may be practiced in connection with the sale, rental or lease thereof.
2. 
Nothing above shall prevent the Commission from requiring reports, information or answers to questions regarding race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user in connection with their compliance procedures or affirmative action or educational programs.
3. 
Nothing herein contained shall bar any religious or denominational institution or organization, or any religious or denominational organization operated for charitable or educational purposes, which is operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a religious organization, from limiting admission to or giving preference to persons of the same religion or denomination with regard to the occupancy, leasing, sale or purchase of real estate, or from making such selections as is calculated by such organization to promote the religious principles for which it is established or maintained provided that such selections or preference is not on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 2]
1. 
It shall be an unlawful public accommodation practice for any person being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent, or employee of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement to:
A. 
Refuse, withhold from or deny to any person because of his/her race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user, either directly or indirectly, any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges of such place of public accommodation, resort or amusement.
B. 
Publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail, either directly or indirectly, any written or printed communication, notice or advertisement to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any such place shall be refused, withheld or denied to any person on account of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user; or that the patronage of any particular race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user is unwelcome, objectionable or not acceptable, desired or solicited.
2. 
Nothing above shall prevent the Commission from requiring reports, information or answers to questions regarding race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 3]
It shall be unlawful for any person, whether or not within the named classification set forth in this Part to aid, incite, compel, coerce or participate in the doing of any act declared to be an unlawful practice under this Part, or any rule, regulation or order of the Commission, or to attempt directly or indirectly to commit any act declared by this Part to be an unlawful practice.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 4]
1. 
There is hereby established the Human Relations Commission of the Borough composed of five members, who shall be residents of the Borough selected from a broadly representative cross-section of the racial, ethnic and economic groups, sympathetic with the principles and purposes of this Part, appointed by the Borough Council, who shall serve without compensation. For the purposes of this Part, the Borough Planning Commission shall serve also as the Human Relations Commission. All appointments and terms shall follow the provisions as followed under the PA Municipalities Planning Code, as amended.
2. 
The Commission is hereby vested with the authority to administer and enforce this Part and in connection therewith it shall have the following powers and duties:
A. 
To meet and function at any place within the Borough.
B. 
To secure legal service supplied through the office of the Borough Solicitor.
C. 
To adopt, promulgate, amend and rescind rules and regulations to effectuate the policies and provisions of this Part and to make recommendations to agencies of the Borough to effectuate such policies.
D. 
To initiate, receive, investigate and pass upon complaints charging unlawful discriminatory practices.
E. 
To study the problems of discrimination in all or specific fields of human relationships when based on race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user and foster, through community effort or otherwise, goodwill among the groups and elements of the population of the Borough.
F. 
To issue such publications and such results of investigations and research as, in its judgment, will tend to promote goodwill and minimize or eliminate discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 5]
1. 
Any individual claiming to be aggrieved by an alleged unlawful housing practice, or unlawful public accommodation practice, may make, sign and file with the Commission a verified complaint, in writing, which shall state the name and address of the person or persons alleged to have committed the unlawful practice and the particulars thereof. The complaint shall also contain such other information as may be required by the Commission. The Commission, upon its own initiative, may in like manner sign and file a complaint. The Commission shall not accept a complaint from any person who has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission with respect to the same grievance. The Commission or the complainant shall have the power reasonably and fairly to amend any complaint, and the respondent shall have the like power to amend his answer.
2. 
After the filing of any complaint the Commission shall conduct a prompt investigation. In the conduct of such investigation the Commission may issue subpoenas to any person charged with an unlawful practice requiring them to furnish information, records and other documents.
3. 
If it shall be determined after such investigation that there is no basis for the allegations of the complaint, the Commission shall, within 10 days from such determination, cause to be issued and served upon the complainant written notice of such determination. The notice shall also state that the complaint will be dismissed unless within 10 days after such service the complainant or his attorney shall file with the Commission a request for a review hearing. The Commission shall, upon request for such a hearing, provide the complainant and his attorney, if any, an opportunity to appear before the Commission to present such additional information as may be available to support the allegations of the complaint. If, after such a hearing, the Commission or its representative determines that there is no basis for the allegation, the complaint shall be dismissed and no appeal from such a decision shall be permitted.
4. 
If the Commission, after investigation, determines that probable cause exists for the allegations of the complaint, the Commission shall immediately endeavor to eliminate the unlawful practice complained of by persuasion.
5. 
If the Commission, in its discretion, finds it is not possible to eliminate such unlawful practices by persuasion, the Commission shall cause to be issued and served a written notice, together with a copy of such complaint as originally filed or as the same may have been amended, requiring the party named in such complaint, hereinafter referred to as respondent, to answer the charges of such complaint at a hearing before the Commission at a time and place to be specified in such notice. The Commission may designate one or more of its members to preside at such meeting, or it may at its election conduct such hearing en banc.
6. 
The case in support of the complaint shall be presented to the Commission by its attorney. The respondent may file a written verified answer to the complaint and appear at such hearing in person or with counsel. The Commission shall not be bound by the strict rules of evidence prevailing in courts of law or equity. The testimony taken at the hearing shall be under oath and may be transcribed.
7. 
If, upon all the evidence at the hearing, the Commission shall find that respondent has been engaged in or is engaged in any unlawful practice, the Commission shall state its findings of fact and shall issue and cause to be served on the respondent an order requiring the respondent to cease and desist from such unlawful practice or practices and to take such affirmative action, including, but not limited to the extension of full, equal and unsegregated accommodation, advantages, facilities, and privileges to all persons, as, in the judgment of the Commission, will effectuate the purpose of this Part, and including a requirement for report of the manner of compliance.
8. 
If, upon all the evidence, the Commission shall find that the respondent has not engaged in any unlawful practice, the Commission shall state its findings of fact and shall dismiss the complaint. Notice of such action shall be given to the complainant and respondent.
9. 
No complaint shall be considered unless it is filed with the Commission within 90 days after the occurrence of the alleged unlawful practice. Any complaint may be withdrawn at any time by the party filing the complaint.
10. 
When it appears that a housing unit or units involved in a complaint may be sold, rented, or otherwise disposed of before a determination of the case has been made, and the Commission shows probable cause for the complaint, the Court of Common Pleas of Clinton County may issue an injunction restraining the sale, rental or other disposition of the unit or units except in compliance with the order of court. The court may attach to any such injunction granted such other conditions as it deems proper. Such injunction, if issued, shall be of no more than 30 days duration. If an extension of time is required, this extension may be granted at the discretion of the court but a reasonable bond may be required by the court before granting such extension.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 6]
The complainant, the Borough or the Commission may secure enforcement of the order of the Commission or other appropriate relief by the Court of Common Pleas of Clinton County. When the Commission has heard and decided any complaint brought before it, enforcement of its order shall be initiated by the filing of a petition in such court, together with a transcript of the record of the hearing before the Commission, and issuance and service of a copy of such petition as in proceedings in equity. Any failure to obey an order of the court may be punished by such court as contempt thereof.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 7]
Where a provision of this Part is found to be in conflict with a provision issued under the authority of any other ordinance, the provision of which establishes the higher standard for the protection of health, safety and welfare shall prevail.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 8; as amended by A.O.]
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs together with reasonable attorney fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 683, 12/28/1982, Art. 10]
COMMERCIAL HOUSING
Housing accommodations held or offered for sale or rent by:
A. 
A real estate broker, salesperson or agent or by any person pursuant to authorization of the owner.
B. 
The owner himself.
C. 
Legal representatives, but shall not include any personal residence offered for rent by the owner or lessee thereof.
COMMISSION
The Human Relations Commission of the Borough of Renovo.
DISCRIMINATION
Any difference in treatment in the sale, lease, rental, or financing of housing or in rendering service in places of public accommodations because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, age (over 18 years), sex, national origin or use of a guide dog because of blindness of the user.
HOUSING ACCOMMODATION
Any building, structure or portion thereof which is used or occupied or is intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied as a home, residence or sleeping place of one or more individuals, groups or families, and any vacant land offered for sale or lease for commercial housing.
OWNER
Includes lessee, sublessee, assignee, manager, agent or any other person having the right of ownership or possession or the authority to sell, rent or lease any housing accommodations, including the Borough and its departments, boards and commissions.
PERSONAL RESIDENCE
A building or structure containing living quarters occupied or intended to be occupied by only two individual groups or two families living independently of each other and one of which must be used by the owner thereof as a bona fide residence for himself/herself and any members of his/her family forming his/her household.
PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS, RESORT OR AMUSEMENT
Provision of service, or any place which is open to, accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public, including the Borough, its departments, boards and commissions, but shall not include any personal professional services which are in their nature distinctly private, personal and confidential.