INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW NO. 5-2014
“Amending the Village Code to Establish a Landlord Registry for Rental Properties Containing Two or More Residential Dwelling Units”
A LOCAL LAW adding a new Chapter 166 “Landlord Registry” to the Code of the Village of Ossining that establishes a comprehensive landlord registry for all rental properties having two or more residential dwelling units in the Village of Ossining,
BE IT ENACTED by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining, as follows:
Section 1. Legislative Intent. The purpose of this local law is to promote public health, safety and welfare of the Village of Ossining and its residents by obtaining complete and accurate information regarding the persons responsible for rental properties in the Village of Ossining so that this data can be available in the event of an emergency and used: (a) in furtherance of efforts by the Village to promote responsible care, maintenance and management of rental properties; (b) to better ensure the safety of the occupants of such rental properties; and (c) in the enforcement of Federal, New York State, and local laws and regulations.
Section 2. The Code of the Village of Ossining is hereby amended to add new Chapter 166 entitled “Landlord Registry” as follows:
Chapter 166. Landlord Registry
§166-1. Purpose and Applicability.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
Any improved real property located within the Village of Ossining.
Any individual or group of individuals, partnership or corporation, limited liability company, or any similar type of business entity, association or proprietary interest, whether for profit or otherwise, in whose name title to a building is vested.
Includes any building containing two or more residential dwelling units, as defined in Section 270-4 “Zoning” of the Ossining Code”, inclusive of any dwelling unit occupied by Owner or an Owner-designated property manager, superintendent or similar, as well as Buildings having mixed commercial/residential uses, which are rented, leased, let, licensed or hired out for occupation. This definition shall not be deemed to include cooperative apartments.
§166-3. Registration of rental property.
B. The landlord registration statement shall be sworn to and signed by the Owner and witnessed by a notary public and shall contain at a minimum the following declaration: "I certify that all information contained in this statement is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that the willful making of any false statement of material fact herein will subject me to the provision of law relevant to the making and filing of false instruments and shall constitute a violation of this chapter."
§ 166-5. Penalties for offenses.
A. No rental property shall be occupied by anyone without compliance with the provisions of this chapter, and the Owner's failure to comply shall constitute a violation of a certificate of occupancy.
B. Any Owner committing an offense against any provision of this Chapter shall also constitute a violation of this Chapter and may be punishable by criminal fine or subject to civil penalty in an amount no less than $250 and not to exceed $1,000. Each day's violation shall constitute a separate and distinct charge.
Section 3. Except as otherwise provided herein, all other provisions of the Code of the Village of Ossining shall remain the same.
Section 4. The provisions of this Introductory Local Law are declared to be severable, and if any section, subsection, sentence, clause or part thereof is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of any remaining sections, subsections, sentences, clauses or part of this Local Law
Section 5. This Local Law shall take effect upon the filing and publication as required by applicable law, including filing with the Secretary of State.