[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Homestead 2-11-1993 by Ord. No. 1036. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings 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.
- Any person who owns or holds legal or equitable title to any parcel of real estate located in the Borough of Homestead, or any person who acts as agent for another person who owns or holds legal or equitable title to any parcel of real estate located in the Borough of Homestead, which is occupied by a person or persons other than the individual owner or his immediate family.
- Any individual, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
Within 30 days from the effective date of this chapter, each owner shall submit to the Secretary of the Borough of Homestead a report form supplied by the Borough Secretary, which includes the following information:
List of the dwelling units and business units located in the Borough of Homestead, whether occupied or not, in which the owner has an interest, whether the interest be legal title, equitable title or ownership.
Address of each dwelling unit and business unit.
Brief description of each dwelling unit or business unit.
Whether or not said dwelling unit or business unit is occupied.
Names of the occupants utilizing the aforementioned dwelling unit or business unit, if any.
After the effective date of this chapter, any person who becomes an owner of any parcel of real estate or any improvement on real estate or building located in the Borough of Homestead by agreement of sale, by deed, or by any other means shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Secretary of the Borough of Homestead the information and data set forth in § 204-2 above, and on forms to be provided by the Secretary of the Borough of Homestead.
After the effective date of this chapter, each and every owner of property within the Borough of Homestead shall report to the Borough Secretary, on a report form to be supplied by the Borough Secretary, any change in the use or occupancy of any dwelling unit or business unit owned by such owner. The reported change shall include the name or names of new occupants of such dwelling unit or business unit, the date when such change was effected and the forwarding address of the old occupant or occupants, if known. An owner of a hotel, inn or boarding house shall not be required to report a person as an occupant until that person has resided in such owner's establishment for a period exceeding 30 days. In the event that a dwelling unit or business unit was used or utilized by an occupant and then becomes vacant, this change shall also be reported to the Borough Secretary. All reports required by this section shall be made within 10 days after an owner has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in occupancy or has become vacant.
The Secretary of the Borough of Homestead, under authority of this chapter, shall:
Maintain on file at the Borough Office the names of the owners of dwelling units and business units in the Borough of Homestead, said list to include the names of the current occupants of said dwelling units and business units.
Notify the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief of the Borough of Homestead of the address and description of any dwelling unit or business unit that is vacant, unoccupied and not in use.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon summary conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and/or be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Each day during which any violation of any provisions of this chapter occurs shall constitute a separate offense. In addition to said penalties, the Borough of Homestead shall reserve unto itself all other available legal remedies to affect compliance with this chapter, including an action in equity for the proper enforcement of this chapter. The imposition of a fine or penalty for any violation of, or noncompliance with this chapter shall not excuse the violation or noncompliance or permit the same to continue.