City of Port Jervis, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Port Jervis 11-12-1996 by L.L. No. 18-1996 (Ch. 28 of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following terms in this chapter are defined as follows:
BUILDING OFFICIAL
The Building Official of the City of Port Jervis.
DWELLING UNIT
One or more rooms with provisions for living, cooking, sanitary, and sleeping facilities arranged for the use of one family and not having more than one kitchen or kitchenette. The term "dwelling unit" shall not be deemed to include a hotel, motel, automobile court, tourist home, furnished rooming house, dormitory, boarding home, convalescent home, rest home, nursing home, or other accomodations used for transient occupancy.
[Added 4-8-2013 by L.L. No. 3-2013]
[Amended 3-25-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
A. 
Occupancy.
(1) 
One, two, or three persons occupying a dwelling unit; or
(2) 
Four or more persons occupying a dwelling unit and living together as a traditional family or the functional equivalent of a traditional family.
B. 
It shall be presumptive evidence that four or more persons living in a single dwelling unit who are not related by blood or marriage or legal adoption do not constitute the functional equivalent of a traditional family, except as defined below.
C. 
In determining whether individuals are living together as the functional equivalent of a traditional family, the following criteria must be present:
(1) 
The group is one which in theory, size, appearance, structure and function resembles a traditional family unit.
(2) 
The occupants must share the entire dwelling unit and live and cook together as a single housekeeping unit. A unit in which the various occupants act as separate roomers may not be deemed to be occupied by the functional equivalent of a traditional family.
(3) 
The group shares expenses for food, rent or ownership costs, utilities or other household expenses.
(4) 
The group is permanent and stable. Evidence of such permanency and stability may include:
(a) 
The presence of minor dependent children regularly residing in the household who are enrolled in local schools;
(b) 
Members of the household have the same address for purposes of voter registration, driver’s license, motor vehicle registration and filing of taxes;
(c) 
Members of the household are employed in the area;
(d) 
The household has been living together as a unit for a year or more whether in the current dwelling unit or other dwelling units;
(e) 
Common ownership of furniture and appliances among the members of the household; and
(f) 
The group is not transient or temporary in nature.
(5) 
Any other factor reasonably related to whether or not the group is the functional equivalent of a family.
MULTIPLE DWELLING
A detached building, or portion thereof, containing three or more dwelling units.
[Amended 4-8-2013 by L.L. No. 3-2013]
OWNER
The owner or owners of a freehold of the premises or lessor estate therein, a mortgagee or vendee in possession, assignee or rents, receiver, executor, trustee, lessee, agent or any other person, firm or corporation directly or indirectly in control of a dwelling.
The owner of any building defined herein as a multiple dwelling shall post and maintain in a conspicuous place in such dwelling a legible notice identifying the owner and managing agent of such dwelling, together with the residence and business addresses and telephone numbers of the owner and managing agent. Where the owner is a corporation, the sign shall contain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the officers thereof, together with the residence and business address and telephone numbers of the officers and of the corporation.
A. 
Every owner of a multiple dwelling as above defined shall file with the Building Official within 60 days after the adoption of this chapter a written registration statement, on forms to be provided by the Building Official, containing the following information:
(1) 
A description of the premises by street number or block and lot number.
(2) 
The name and residence and business addresses of such owner, together with his or her residence and business telephone numbers or, if such owner is a corporation, the name and address of such corporation and the name and residence and business addresses of all officers thereof, together with residence and business telephone numbers of the corporation and all officers.
(3) 
Designation of managing agent.
(a) 
The name, residence and business addresses and residence and business telephone numbers of a natural person, 21 years of age or over, who actually resides within the City of Port Jervis and who shall be designated by such owner as a managing agent in control of and responsible for the maintenance and operation of such dwelling, and who shall be designated as the person upon whom process may be served on behalf of the owner. The managing agent shall keep a current record of all the tenants and their names and addresses who are renting, leasing or living in the premises. There shall be endorsed upon such statement a written consent to such designation signed by such managing agent. Any owner who is a natural person and who meets the requirements of this subsection as to the location of the residence or place of transacting business of a managing agent may designate himself as such managing agent.
(b) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as preventing a corporation which is an owner of a multiple dwelling from designating as its managing agent with respect thereto any officer of such corporation who meets the requirements of this subsection as to the location of the residence or place of transacting business of a managing agent.
(c) 
Any designation as managing agent made pursuant to the provisions of this section shall remain in full force and effect until changed or terminated as hereinafter provided.
(4) 
Where, after the filing of any registration statement in relation to any multiple dwelling under the applicable provisions of this section, the owner of such dwelling shall have granted or transferred his or her right, title or interest therein or in any part thereof, such owner shall file with the Building Official, within 10 days after such grant or transfer, a written statement which shall contain the name and residence and business addresses of the grantee, transferee or other successor of such right, title or interest, or, if such grantee, transferee or successor is a corporation, the name and address of such corporation.
(5) 
Where, after the filing of any registration statement with the Building Official pursuant to the applicable provisions of this chapter, any change other than the designation of a different managing agent or a change of ownership or interest occurs in any name, residence or business address or list of officers required to be included in such statement, the owner, within 10 days after such change, shall file in duplicate, on forms to be provided by the Building Official, a statement setting forth the particulars of such change so as to supply the information necessary to make currently correct the last registration statement filed pursuant to the applicable provisions of this chapter.
(6) 
Any designation of a managing agent made pursuant to the applicable provisions of this chapter shall cease to be effective if such agent shall die or be judicially declared incompetent.
(7) 
An owner may terminate such designation by filing with the Building Official a written designation of a new managing agent made in conformity with the provisions hereinabove cited.
(8) 
If any owner shall fail, on or before the effective date of any notice of termination served and filed by a managing agent or within 15 days after such agent shall die or be judicially declared incompetent, to file with the Building Official a designation of a new managing agent made in conformity with the provisions herein, such owner shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
B. 
Any registration statement or designation of a managing agent required to be filed with the Building Official by any owner or lessee of a multiple dwelling under the provisions of this chapter shall be signed by such owner or lessee or, if such owner or lessee is a corporation, by an officer thereof.
C. 
Any such registration statement or designation of managing agent shall be deemed prima facie proof of the statements therein contained in any criminal prosecution instituted by a City agency against the owner or managing agent of a multiple dwelling.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates, disobeys, neglects or refuses to comply with any of the terms of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and be subject to a fine of not more than $500. Each week a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.