The Little Falls Common Council will conduct a public hearing on the city’s proposed rental dwelling registry on July 17 at 6 p.m. in the Common Council chambers at City Hall.
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 local 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.
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 proposed law, would impose a lien on the premises.