[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-21-1979 by Ord. No. 757 (Ch. 11, Part 1, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances)]
Any person who hereinafter rents, purchases, owns or otherwise occupies any dwelling in the Township of North Versailles must apply for and obtain an occupancy permit in conformance with existing ordinances of the Township of North Versailles and obtain appropriate and satisfactory inspection and approval by the Building Inspector of the Township of North Versailles prior to said occupancy. Prior to entering into any said premises, occupying the same or making any improvements or changes upon the same, any such person, or his agent, must apply to the Secretary of the Township of North Versailles for an occupancy permit.
All owners of real estate which are available for rental use by other persons shall have the duty to see that an occupancy permit is obtained prior to the change of occupancy of any dwelling. Said obligations on the owners of real estate will apply irrespective of the number of units for lease or rent. However, it shall not include transient or casual rentals for persons not permanently residing or occupying said premises. However, any occupancy of a premises for a period in excess of seven days shall be presumed to be a permanent occupancy of said premises and the occupier shall be deemed to be a resident.
All such owners and occupiers of real estate must furnish to the Borough Secretary within 10 days of the signing of a lease or occupancy of any premises, whichever occurs first, a notification of occupancy as defined in the following section.
The notification of occupancy to be completed by each owner, agent, rental agent, tenant or an occupier of any premises shall include the following:
Address of the dwelling or rental unit;
Name and address of the owner and rental agent, if any;
Name and address of the tenant or tenants, including the name of each occupant together with age and relationship;
Term of lease or rental, if applicable;
When conveyance of title was made, if applicable.
It shall be a violation of this article for any owner and/or his agent to lease, rent or otherwise permit the occupancy of any dwelling under his or their respective ownership and/or control without having first filed with the Township Secretary the notice of occupancy as set forth and required hereinabove. It shall further be a violation for an owner or his agent to collect rent or lease payments from any tenants for any dwelling unit without having first complied with the obligations of this article.
It shall be a violation of this article for any person to occupy any premises as an owner or otherwise without having first complied with this article.
Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Every day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Amended 11-16-1987 by Ord. No. 857; 8-15-1988 by Ord. No. 867]
[Added 7-16-1979 by Ord. No. 758]
Each application for an occupancy permit pursuant to this article shall be accompanied by check, cash or money order in the amount of $21 for all commercial uses and in the amount of $5 for all residential uses. When all the applicants of any residence are 65 years of age or older, there shall be no fee.