Township of Williams, PA
Northampton County
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§ 11-101 Purpose.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § I; as amended by A.O.]
Pursuant to the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 66517, the purpose of this Part is to provide for the uniform and equitable distribution of tax levies in the Township and upon the inhabitants thereof and to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Township.

§ 11-102 Definitions and Interpretation.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § II]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
BUSINESS UNIT
A parcel of real estate, with or without improvements located thereon, utilized by any person or persons for any commercial activity or purpose.
DWELLING UNIT
One or more rooms used for living and sleeping purposes arranged for occupancy by one family or by one or more persons.
LANDLORD
A lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any parcel of real estate located in the Township, or a lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any improvements on real estate or any building located in the Township. The terms shall not apply to any condominium unit owners association subject to the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act, Act of July 2, 1980, P.L. 286, No. 82, 68 Pa.C.S.A. § 3101 et seq.
MOVE
The movement of household goods in bulk for the purpose of changing location of domicile or residence or the actual physical change of residence from one place to another.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
TENANT
A person who has the use, for a period exceeding 30 days, either by himself or with others, of a dwelling unit or a business unit which is either owned by a person other than himself or which occupies a parcel of real estate owned by a person other than himself, for a period exceeding 30 days.

§ 11-103 Reports by Persons.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § III]
1. 
No person shall move or cause to be moved into the Township, out of the Township or from one place to another within the Township, without first securing from the Township Secretary (or designee) a permit for such move, in the following manner:
A. 
Application shall be made to the Township Secretary (or designee) setting forth his or her name and present address, the number of school-age children moving with the applicant, the proposed or new address, name or names of owners or reputed owners of both properties (present and proposed), the names of all persons included in the move and the social security numbers of all persons included in the move.
[Amended by Ord. 2016-5, 12/14/2016]
B. 
The Township Secretary (or designee) shall, upon application as aforesaid and payment of the fee to be designated and set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, issue a permit setting forth the name of the applicant/permittee, all persons affected by the move and both addresses of the properties affected by the move.

§ 11-104 Reports by Landlords.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § IV]
1. 
Within 30 days from the effective date of this Part, each landlord shall submit to the Township Secretary (or designee) a report on a form supplied by the Township Secretary (or designee) which includes the following information:
A. 
List of all parcels of real estate owned by the landlord upon which are located dwelling units and/or business units, located within the Township limits, whether occupied or not occupied.
B. 
Address of each dwelling unit and business unit.
C. 
Brief description of each dwelling unit or business unit.
D. 
Whether or not said dwelling unit or business unit is inhabited or utilized by tenants.
E. 
Names of the tenant or tenants utilizing the aforementioned dwelling unit or business unit, if any.

§ 11-105 Reports by Persons Upon Becoming Landlords.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § V]
After the effective date of this Part, any person who becomes a landlord of any parcel of real estate or any improvement on real estate or building located in the Township by agreement of sale, by deed, or by any other means, shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Township Secretary (or designee) the information and data set forth in § 11-103 above, and on forms to be provided by the Township Secretary (or designed).

§ 11-106 Reports of Changes in Use or Occupancy.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § VI]
After the effective date of this Part, each and every landlord of property within the Township shall report to the Township Secretary (or designee) on a report form to be supplied by the Township Secretary (or designee) any change in the use or occupancy of any dwelling unit or business unit owned by such landlord, or which occupies a parcel of real estate owned by such landlord. The reported change shall include the name or names of new tenants of such dwelling unit or business unit, the date when such change was effected and the forwarding address of the old tenant or tenants, if known. A landlord of a hotel, inn, boarding house or campground shall not be required to report a person as a "tenant" until that person has resided in such landlord's establishment for a period exceeding 30 days. In the event that a dwelling unit or business unit was used or utilized by a tenant and then becomes vacant, this change shall also be reported to the Township Secretary. All reports required by this section shall be made within 10 days after a landlord has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in occupancy or has become vacant.

§ 11-107 Duties of the Township Secretary.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § VII]
1. 
The Township Secretary, under the authority of this Part, shall:
A. 
Maintain on file at the Township Building the names of the landlords owning dwelling units and business units in the Township, said list to include the names of the current tenants of said dwelling units and business units.
B. 
Maintain a supply of forms for persons and landlords to use in making reports to the Township Secretary as required in §§ 11-103, 11-104, 11-105 and 11-106 of this Part.
C. 
Notify the Tax Collector for the Township including the Real Estate Tax Collector, the School Tax Collector and the Earned Income Tax, and Mercantile Tax Collector of any change in occupancy as reported pursuant to this Part.
[Amended by A.O.]
D. 
Notify the Williams Township Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief of the address of any dwelling or business unit that is or becomes vacant, unoccupied or not in use.

§ 11-108 Annual Update of Reports.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § VIII]
The Township Secretary (or its designee) shall annually mail to each landlord of property in the Township a copy of that landlord's most recently filed report form, together with a blank report form on which the landlord is to list any changes which may have occurred with respect to the use or occupancy of his property. Each landlord, which is not reflected on the most recently filed report is to file this updated form, listing any changes within 30 days of receipt of the report.

§ 11-109 Penalties.

[Ord. 1989-2, 5/11/1989, § IX; as amended by A.O.]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.