[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Sewickley as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1139 (Ch. 11, Part 2, of the 1996 Code of Ordinances)]
This article is enacted to provide uniform and equitable distribution of the tax levies in the Borough and upon the inhabitants thereof and to promote the welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough.
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 activity carried on or exercised for gain or profit in the Borough, including, but not limited to, the sale of merchandise or other tangible personalty or the performance of services and the rental of personalty and/or realty.
- 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 Borough, or a lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any improvements on real estate or any building located in the Borough.
- 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 Borough Manager a report form supplied by the Borough Manager, which includes the following information.
A list of dwelling units and business units owned by the landlord and located within the Borough limits, whether occupied or not occupied.
Address of each dwelling unit and business unit.
Lot and block number of each dwelling unit and business unit.
Whether or not said dwelling unit or business unit is inhabited or utilized by tenants.
Names of all tenants utilizing each aforementioned dwelling unit or business unit, if any.
Name and address of any tenant's employment, if known.
Social security number of each tenant, if known.
After the effective date of this article, any person who becomes a landlord shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Borough Manager the information and data set forth in § 254-3 above and on forms to be provided by the Borough Manager.
After the effective date of this article, each and every landlord of property within the Borough shall report to the Borough Manager, on a report form to be supplied by the Borough Manager, 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 all new tenants of such dwelling unit or business unit, the date when such change was effected, and the forwarding address of the previous tenant or tenants, if known. The report shall also contain the name and address of the tenant's employer, if known; and the tenant's social security number, if known. 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 Borough Manager. All reports required by this section shall be made within 30 days after a landlord has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in use or occupancy or has become vacant.
The Borough Manager, under the authority of this article, shall:
Maintain on file at the Borough office, the names of the landlords owning dwelling units and business units in the Borough and a list to include the names of the current tenants of said dwelling units and business units.
Notify the Building Code Official, the Fire Chief and the Chief of Police of the Borough of the address and description of any dwelling unit or business unit that is vacant, unoccupied and not in use.
Forward the list of landlords and current tenants of dwelling units and business units to the appropriate Borough taxing jurisdiction.
[Amended 2-19-1996 by Ord. No. 1159]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article, including failure to file required reports; filing inaccurate, untimely or incomplete reports; or for any other violation, shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.