[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Salford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Rental Properties
[Adopted 2-6-1991 by Ord. No. 91-2]
This article is enacted to provide for the uniform and equitable distribution of the tax levies in Lower Salford Township and upon the inhabitants thereof and to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the residents of Lower Salford Township.
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 commercial activity or purpose.
- 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 Lower Salford Township or a lessor or person who acts as agent for the lessor of any improvements on real estate or any building located in Lower Salford Township.
- 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 Township Manager a report form supplied by the Township Manager, which includes the following information:
The address of each dwelling unit and business unit.
A brief description of each dwelling unit or business unit.
Whether or not said dwelling unit or business unit is inhabited or utilized by tenants.
The names and addresses of the tenant or tenants utilizing the aforementioned dwelling or business unit, if any.
After the effective date of this article, any person who becomes a landlord of any parcel of real estate or any improvement on real estate or building located in Lower Salford Township, by agreement of sale, by deed or by any other means, shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Township Manager the information and data set forth in § 126-3 above, on forms to be provided by the Township Manager.
After the effective date of this article, each and every landlord of property within Lower Salford Township shall report to the Township 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 new tenants of such dwelling unit or business unit, the date when such change was effected and the forwarding address of the old tenant or tenants, if known. A landlord of a hotel, inn or boardinghouse shall not be required to report a person as a tenant until that person has resided in such landlord's establishment for a period exceeding 30 days. 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 Township Manager. All reports required by this section shall be made within 10 days after a landlord has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in occupancy or has become vacant.
The Township Manager, under the authority of this article, shall:
Maintain on file at the Township office, the names of the landlords owning dwelling units and business units in Lower Salford Township, said list to include the names of the current tenants of said dwelling units and business units.
Notify the Chief of Police, the Fire Chief and Tax Collectors within Lower Salford Township of the address and description of any dwelling unit or business unit that is vacant, unoccupied and not in use.
[Amended 9-19-1996 by Ord. No. 96-3; 6-3-1998 by Ord. No. 98-4; 11-18-1999 by Ord. No. 99-16]
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a criminal fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation and imprisonment in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Enforcement of any such violations shall be by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.