[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ellington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this article, 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, including zip code, and not a mailing address such as a post office box number.
- 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 yards.
- AGENT IN CHARGE
- One who manages real estate, including, but not limited to, the collection of rents and the supervision of property.
Each nonresident owner of occupied or vacant rental real property shall maintain on file in the office of the Ellington Tax Assessor the current residential address of the nonresident owner of such property, if the owner is an individual, or the current residential address of the agent in charge of the building or property, if the nonresident owner is a corporation, partnership, trust or other legally recognized entity owning rental real property in the state.
If such residential address changes, notice of the new residential address shall be provided by such nonresident owner or agent in charge of the building or property to the office of the Ellington Tax Assessor not more than 21 days after the date that the address change occurred.
If the nonresident owner or agent fails to file an address pursuant to this article, the address to which the Town of Ellington mails property tax bills for the rental real property shall be deemed to be the nonresident owner's or agent's current address. Such address may be used for compliance with the provisions of Subsection A.
Service of state or 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 nonresident owner or agent at the address on file, or deemed to be on file in accordance with the provisions of § 138-2, shall be sufficient proof of service 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 state or the Town of Ellington.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes Section 51-164p, the Town of Ellington hereby establishes a civil penalty for a violation of any provision of this article, which penalty shall be $250 for the first violation and $1,000 for any subsequent violation.
Any person who is assessed a civil penalty pursuant to this article may appeal therefrom to the Superior Court not later than 30 days after the mailing of notice of such assessment of the civil penalty by filing a petition to reopen the assessment together with an entry fee on an amount equal to the entry fee for a small claims case pursuant to Connecticut General Statute Section 52-259 at the Superior Court facility designated by the Chief Court Administrator, which shall entitle such person to a hearing in accordance with the rules of the judges of the Superior Court.