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  • Common Council plans workshop on rental dwelling registry

  • The Little Falls Common Council will conduct a workshop on Tuesday, June 19, to review and revise the city’s proposed rental dwelling registry.

    The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place at City Hall.

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  • The Little Falls Common Council will conduct a workshop on Tuesday, June 19, to review and revise the city’s proposed rental dwelling registry.
    The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place at City Hall.
    As it currently stands, the registry would apply to every rental dwelling unit, dwelling unit and premises that is leased, rented, let, assigned or otherwise classified as a rental property in the city by an owner - occupant, an absentee owner or a legal agent on behalf of the owner.
    The law would require all owners and agents of existing rental dwelling units to register their property within 60 days of receiving notification from the city, and owners of a new rental unit or any dwelling newly converted to a rental unit to register their property before they allow someone to occupy it. The registry, according to the law, would be maintained by the city codes department.
    The proposed registry would include the name, legal address and telephone number of the owner and any agent in control of the rental unit, and in the event the owner or agent is not a natural person, the owner information would be that of the president, general manager or other chief executive officer of the organization, firm or corporation that owns the property.
    Owners, according to the local law, would also be required to list a manager or person in control who resides or maintains an office contiguous with Herkimer County. Where more than one person or entity has an ownership interest in a unit, the required information would include a street address, post office box number and telephone number where the owners and agents could be reached.
    The required information would also include the number and type of rental units in the dwelling and the address of the rental unit. Under the law, every owner of a rental building within the city would also be required to provide the person renting a property the name, address and telephone number of the person, firm or corporation responsible for management of the building and the name, address, apartment number and telephone number of the resident manager of the building, if applicable.
    Owners who fail to register, re-register or otherwise comply with the provisions of the proposed local law would be subject to a penalty of $100. In the event the penalty is not paid within 30 days, the penalty would be increased to $200. In the event the penalty is not paid within 60 days of notification, the city, according to the law, would impose a lien on the premises.
    “This local law is a scaled back version of the law that was first proposed,” Mayor Robert Peters said after Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting. “The Common Council and the city must take ‘baby steps’ first and get a handle on who owns the rental properties and who is responsible for them. Once this law is adopted, then the Common Council and the Board of Property Maintenance and Codes Enforcement can look to address other areas of concern. The registry law is a first step.”
    Page 2 of 2 - City Attorney Edward Rose said the workshop will give the Common Council and the mayor an opportunity to make changes to the proposed law before it is presented to the public for comments.
    “The law that will be presented to the public during the required public hearing will be the one that the Common Council will ultimately vote on,” said Rose. “Right now the law is still in draft form.”
    In other business Tuesday night, Peters said the South Ann Street bridge replacement project would likely be put out to bid by the end of the month, with the understanding the city would like for construction to be completed by the end of December.
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