Village of Great Neck Plaza, NY
Nassau County
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A. 
The Department of Housing of the village is hereby designated as the agency to administer and secure compliance with the applicable housing standards of the code. Such agency is hereinafter referred to as "the agency."
B. 
The agency shall be under the direction and charge of the Commissioner of Housing, who shall have as his representatives such assistants and inspectors as may be necessary to carry out effectively the powers and duties of the agency.
C. 
All personnel of the agency shall be qualified and appointed as prescribed by the Board of Trustees and shall be furnished with appropriate official badges or identification cards.
D. 
All personnel of the agency shall be free from personal liability for acts done in good faith in the performance of their official duties.
A. 
The agency shall be charged with the duty of administering the applicable housing standards of the code and securing compliance therewith and shall be empowered to adopt rules and regulations necessary for securing such compliance and for its own organization and internal management, provided that such rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with the applicable housing standards of the code.
B. 
The agency shall be authorized to conduct surveys of housing in any area of the village to determine the condition of premises, extent of deterioration, lack of facilities, inadequate maintenance, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, extent of overcrowding, land use and other relevant factors.
C. 
It shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Buildings:
(1) 
To cause periodic inspections to be made of premises within the scope of applicable housing standards.
(2) 
To cause an investigation of all complaints of alleged housing violations or other unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
(3) 
To order in writing the remedying of all conditions found to exist in or on any premises in violation of provisions of the code or of rules and regulations adopted by the agency, to state in the violation order a reasonable time limit for compliance therewith and, where necessary, to order the vacating of premises found unfit for human habitation.
(4) 
To cause a search of the agency's records of housing violations existing on any premises and to issue a certified statement thereof upon receipt of written request and payment of any fees required by local law or ordinance.
(5) 
To study housing conditions in the village.
(6) 
To cooperate with other municipal, governmental and private agencies engaged in the study and improvement of housing conditions.
(7) 
To make an annual report of housing conditions in the village, accomplishments of the agency and recommendations for the future.
D. 
Where violations of the housing standards exist and pose an immediate hazard or danger to the health, safety or welfare of building occupants or of the public, the Superintendent of Buildings may issue an order citing the violation and directing such action by such other village agency as is necessary to remove or abate the immediate hazard or danger.
A. 
Inspectors shall be authorized and have the right, in the performance of their duties, to enter any premises during normal business hours and in emergencies whenever necessary to protect the public interest.
B. 
Owners, agents, operators and occupants shall be responsible for providing access to all parts of the premises within their control to authorized agency personnel acting in the performance of their duties.
The agency shall keep records of all complaints received, inspections made and violations found regarding premises regulated by the code. Records shall be kept and shall be available for public inspection.
[Amended 4-4-1984 by L.L. No. 8-1984]
A. 
A violation order or summons for violation of the provisions of this chapter may be served either personally, by delivering to and leaving a copy thereof with the person to whom such order is directed, or if the person to whom such order is directed cannot be found within the Village of Great Neck Plaza, after diligent search shall have been made for him, then such order may be served by posting a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the premises where such violation is alleged to exist or to which said order may refer and also depositing a copy thereof in a post office, branch post office or in a post office box legally maintained by the government of the United States in Great Neck, New York, enclosed in a sealed, postpaid wrapper, addressed to said person at his last known place of residence or at such address last filed by the owner or management agent in the most recent owner's statement given to the village.
B. 
A violation order or summons for violation of the provisions of this chapter may be served by any officer or employee of the village or by any other person designated or authorized by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza.
A. 
Every person who shall fail to comply with any provision of this code shall be guilty of a violation of this code and shall be subject to the penalties herein provided for.
B. 
Every person who shall fail to comply with a violation order issued by the agency within the time stated in said order shall be guilty of a violation of this code and shall be subject to the penalties herein provided for.
C. 
Each day that a violation of this code is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate violation of this code.
D. 
Any person violating any provisions of this code shall be liable to pay a penalty not to exceed $250 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or both, for such violation.
[Amended 6-19-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]
A. 
Whenever the Department of Housing determines that, because of any violation of this code, any multiple dwelling, hotel or specialized senior housing facilities or part thereof is dangerous to human life and safety or detrimental to health, or whenever the owner of any multiple dwelling has failed to comply with a violation order, it may:
(1) 
Cause the multiple dwelling, hotel or specialized senior housing facilities to be repaired or otherwise improved so as to temporarily and/or permanently correct such condition if such condition creates imminent danger of personal injury; or
(2) 
Order the owner or any person having responsibility for the maintenance or supervision of the multiple dwelling, hotel or specialized senior housing facilities to repair or otherwise improve the multiple dwelling, hotel or specialized senior housing facilities so as to temporarily and/or permanently correct such condition, which order shall notify such person that, in the absence of such action, the Department of Housing will temporarily and/or permanently correct the condition. If no such person is available to receive the order, then the Department of Housing may cause the multiple dwelling to be repaired or otherwise improved so as to temporarily and/or permanently correct such condition.
B. 
An order given pursuant to the preceding Subsection A(2) shall identify the violations involved and the corrective action to be taken and shall fix a time for compliance. This order may be written or oral and may be given in person or by telephone.
C. 
Any order not complied with within the stated time for compliance may be executed by the Department of Housing.
D. 
The Department of Housing shall be entitled to be repaid by the owner for any costs incurred by it in connection with repairs or improvements made by it pursuant to this Article.
A. 
Owners of premises shall be responsible for compliance with all of the housing standards and requirements set forth in this code applicable to their premises and shall remain responsible therefor regardless of the fact that this code may also place certain responsibilities on operating agents and occupants and regardless of any agreements between owners and operating agents or occupants as to which party shall assume such responsibility.
B. 
Owners of multiple dwellings, hotels or specialized senior housing facilities shall be responsible for proper maintenance, condition and operation of service facilities and for the filing of all reports and statements required by the code.
[Amended 11-19-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997]
C. 
Owners of multiple dwellings, hotels and specialized senior housing facilities shall, on or before the first day of October of each year, file a written statement with the Department of Housing of the village containing the address of each multiple dwelling, hotel and specialized senior housing facility within the village owned by them; the number of dwelling units contained therein; the number of square feet of floor space in each dwelling unit; the name of the tenant and/or owner of each unit (except for hotels); the name and address of the owner thereof; and if there be an operating agent for said multiple dwelling, hotel and specialized senior housing facility other than the owner, the name and address of said agent. In addition, said statement shall contain a telephone number at which the owner, operating agent or other responsible representative of this owner may be reached in the event of an emergency.
[Amended 12-7-1988 by L.L. No. 11-1988; 11-19-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997]
[Amended 11-19-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997]
Occupants of dwelling units in multiple dwellings, one-family dwellings and two-family dwellings shall be responsible for compliance with the housing standards and requirements in regard to the following:
A. 
Limiting occupancy of that part of the premises which he occupies or controls to the maximum permitted by the housing standards.
B. 
Maintenance of that part of the premises which he occupies or controls in a clean, sanitary and safe condition.
C. 
Maintenance of all plumbing, cooking and refrigeration fixtures and appliances, as well as other building equipment and storage facilities in that part of the premises which he occupies or controls, in a clean and sanitary condition and providing reasonable care in the operation and use thereof.
D. 
Keeping exits from his dwelling unit clear and unencumbered.
E. 
Disposal of garbage and refuse into facilities provided by the owner in a clean and sanitary manner.