City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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[Adopted 12-14-1988 by Ord. No. 2986 (Art. 1197 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances)]
No person shall operate a rooming house, or occupy or let to another for occupancy any rooming unit in any rooming house, unless he holds a rooming house permit issued by the Chief Codes Administrator. This permit shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the rooming house.
Application for a permit shall be made by the operator to the Chief Codes Administrator on forms furnished by the Chief Codes Administrator and shall include the following:
A. 
The name and address of the operator, and the name and address of the owner if the operator is not the owner.
B. 
The location of the rooming house, including the street and number of each entrance.
C. 
The number of rooming units occupied or available for occupancy and the number of persons who may be accommodated in accordance with the provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code, 2009 edition, as amended and with the regulations issued thereunder.[1]
[Amended 8-26-2015 by Ord. No. 5513]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. I of this chapter.
D. 
Such other information as the Chief Codes Administrator may require.
A permit shall be issued by the Chief Codes Administrator upon reasonable proof that:
A. 
The rooming house complies with the applicable provisions of this code and with the regulations issued thereunder.
B. 
The permit fee required in § 435-30 has been paid.
In the event a permit is denied, the Chief Codes Administrator shall give prompt written notice to the applicant.
The permit fee as specified in Chapter 285, Fees, shall be paid to the City License Officer. No reduction in the fee shall be made for fractional yearly permits. The permit shall expire at the end of the calendar year in which it is issued and shall be renewed annually at the rate established for the initial permit fee.
Permits are not transferable. The operator shall promptly notify, in writing, the Chief Codes Administrator of any transfer of the dwelling to a new owner.
The operator shall at all times keep an up-to-date list of registrants in a bound volume and in which there shall be set forth, in ink, the name and last permanent address and signature of each occupant. Registration of a false name is prohibited.
Any person who operates a rooming house without a currently valid permit issued by the Chief Codes Administrator or who violates any other provision of this article shall be subject to prosecution in accordance with Article I of this chapter.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5178; 8-26-2015 by Ord. No. 5513]
Any person whose application for a rooming house permit has been denied for the reason that the rooming house does not comply with the applicable provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code, 2009 edition, as amended or the rules and regulations issued thereunder as required shall, upon request, be granted a hearing before the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals under the procedure provided by Article I of this chapter. The petition for a hearing shall be filed within 10 days from the day written notice of denial is received by the applicant. If the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals does not sustain the denial of the permit, the Chief Codes Administrator shall issue the permit forthwith.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5178; 8-26-2015 by Ord. No. 5513]
Whenever the Chief Codes Administrator determines that conditions or practices exist in the operation of a rooming house which are in violation of the International Property Maintenance Code, 2009 edition, as amended or of any other regulation issued thereunder, he shall give notice to the operator under the procedure provided by Article I of this chapter. The operator shall, upon request, be granted a hearing before the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals under the procedure provided by Article I of this chapter. If the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals sustains the notice of the Chief Codes Administrator or if a request for a hearing is not made within 10 days from the day the notice was served, the Chief Codes Administrator shall revoke the permit if the operator does not comply with the order of the Chief Codes Administrator within the period prescribed in such order.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5178]
If the Chief Codes Administrator determines that an emergency exists which necessitates immediate action to protect the public health, safety or welfare, he may direct that a service of notice under this section shall constitute a suspension of the permit until the suspension is lifted by action of the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals or by compliance with the notice or order of the Chief Codes Administrator or until the permit is revoked by failure to comply with the order of the Chief Codes Administrator. When a rooming house permit has been suspended or revoked, the operator shall immediately cease operation of the rooming house and no person may occupy any rooming unit therein.
The operator of every rooming house shall change all supplied bed linen and towels therein at least once a week and prior to letting of any room to any occupant. The operator shall be responsible for the maintenance of all supplied bedding, linens and towels in a clean and sanitary manner.
The occupancy of any rooming unit in an establishment subject to certification and/or licensing by an unemancipated minor is hereby prohibited, and the operator and occupant of the premises in which such occupancy occurs shall be liable hereunder.
Every licensed establishment shall have exit signs posted in common hallways visible from the door of every rooming unit, which signs shall indicate the direction of and location of the nearest means of egress. All such signs shall be of a size and color and be illuminated in accordance with the regulations of the Chief Codes Administrator.
Every room, bathroom, closet, storage area or other space within the structure shall be numbered for identification purposes.