Borough of Abbottstown, PA
Adams County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Abbottstown 8-20-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OWNER
Owner, manager, managing agent, or other person, partnership or corporation responsible for the operation of a rental unit.
RENTAL UNIT
That portion of a dwelling rented or offered for rent for living and dwelling purposes, or any lots rented for the placement of mobile homes to an individual or family unit, together with all privileges, services, furnishings, furniture, equipment, facilities and improvements connected with the use or occupancy of such portion of the property. Multiple use properties which have one or more rental units in addition to any and all other uses.
[Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
RESIDENT
Each occupant or inhabitant, over the age of 18 years, of a rental unit, other than the owner of the rental unit, who is a permanent resident of the Borough of Abbottstown, but excluding transient or tourist persons who have stayed or intend to stay 30 days or less.
To enable the Borough of Abbottstown to more equitably and efficiently assess and levy taxes on taxable residents within the said Borough, each owner of a rental unit shall report to the Secretary of the Borough of Abbottstown between January 1 and 15 of each year the identities of all residents of the owner's rental unit or units. The owner shall also report any and all changes in occupancy that shall occur during the year within 30 days of the change. The report of such residents shall be made in writing on such forms as shall be prescribed by the Borough. Should the Borough fail to prescribe or have available forms for the aforementioned reports, then such report shall be made by the owner, in writing, to the Borough Secretary.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The failure of any owner of a rental unit to make a report as hereinbefore set forth shall be punished, after conviction before any Magisterial District Judge, by a fine of not more than $600 for each resident not reported, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of not more than 30 days for each offense thereafter. Every unreported change shall constitute a separate offense hereunder and shall be punishable as such.