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The Times
  • Police chief asks residents to support registry law

  • Little Falls Police Chief Michael Masi is calling on the public to attend the July 31 hearing on the Common Council’s proposed rental dwelling registry law.

    The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Common Council chambers at City Hall.

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  • Little Falls Police Chief Michael Masi is calling on the public to attend the July 31 hearing on the Common Council’s proposed rental dwelling registry law.
    The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the Common Council chambers at City Hall.
    “As the chief of police, I am daily hearing complaints about declining neighborhoods and repeat police calls to various rental properties in the city of Little Falls,” said Masi in a news release. “Most often these calls involve matters that do not rise to the level of being criminal, yet they encompass a large majority of time, manpower and resources. This law is the first step to holding absentee landlords accountable for the conditions and renters they subject our neighborhoods to.”
    Masi said the rental dwelling registry law has been put before the Common Council in the past only to be blocked by landlords that do not want any interference in how they conduct their business.
    “I would ask that anyone in the community that would like to see more teeth in holding landlords accountable, and would like to provide the codes and police departments with the tools needed to be able to do something about this increased problem, to either show up and voice their concerns or  call their respective council person and request they act on behalf of the majority of the residents in our community. It is time the residents take control of the condition of their neighborhoods,” he said.
    Masi added residents can find out who their council person is by calling the city clerk at 823-2400.
    The registry, if adopted, 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, if adopted, 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 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 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.
    Page 2 of 2 - 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.
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