[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Camillus 8-19-2003 by L.L. No. 3-2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter provides for regulating, controlling and inspecting the use and development of residential rental housing units within the Village of Camillus in order to promote and protect, to the fullest extent permissible, the environment of the Village and its public health, safety and general welfare in accordance with the purposes outlined in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as amended from time to time.
Properties affected shall include all non-owner-occupied residential rental dwelling units within the Village of Camillus including rental single-family residences, two-family rental residences, rental dwelling units located in mixed-use buildings, and all multiple-family residences (as defined in the New York Multiple Residency Law and the Uniform Code), each such individual dwelling unit hereinafter being an "affected premises."
Owners/lessors of rental dwelling units shall, within 30 days from the date of mailing of registration forms by the Village, file with the Code Enforcement Officer, on a registration form supplied by the CEO, the following information:
The names and addresses of the owner/lessor and of their respective agents, upon whom violation orders may be served;
A description of the property, by street and number or otherwise, as will enable the Code Enforcement Officer to locate the same; and
Such other appropriate information as may be requested, including, but not limited to, the use of the premises, available facilities, the number of dwelling units and the size of rooms, together with a schematic drawing showing the typical floor layout of the units and rooms with appropriate designations and identifications.
Filing of the registration form shall be effective for 36 months; pursuant to the within section, the Village of Camillus will mail the registration forms every three years.
A registration fee of $25 for each non-owner-occupied residential dwelling unit in the "affected premises" shall be paid to the Village of Camillus with each registration form.
Upon a change in ownership of real property containing an "affected premises," the new owner shall file a registration form and pay the appropriate registration fee.
The Code Enforcement Officer is authorized to conduct, at least once every 36 months, inspection of affected premises or parts of said premises at such times and in such manner as the Code Enforcement Officer may find convenient or necessary to ensure compliance with the applicable laws, ordinances or regulations upon written notice to the occupant and owner of the affected premises as hereinafter described.
The Code Enforcement Officer or Village Clerk shall mail notice by regular mail at least 10 days in advance to both the occupant and the owner of the affected premises that the said premises will be inspected, giving the date and time of the scheduled inspection. It shall be the responsibility of the owner to assure that the occupant or tenant of said premises has received a copy of this notice.
If admission is refused or cannot be obtained either from the owner or from the person in possession or occupancy, the Code Enforcement Officer is authorized to obtain a warrant from a court of competent jurisdiction to make an inspection, provided that reasonable or probable cause is shown.
An owner/lessor who refused to grant the Code Enforcement Office access to an "affected premises" shall be liable for all costs, including legal fees, if any, incurred by the Village of Camillus to obtain an administrative warrant for the purpose of making said inspection.
On and after January 1, 2017, no rental dwelling unit shall be occupied until and unless a certificate of compliance has been issued by the Code Enforcement Officer, certifying that such rental dwelling unit conforms to the housing maintenance provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, this chapter and other applicable local laws and regulations, except that a temporary certificate may be issued upon showing, to the satisfaction of the Code Enforcement Officer, that remedial action is being taken to correct violations.
A certificate of compliance shall be valid for three years from the date of issuance.
A certificate may be revoked, by written notice thereof, if upon an inspection the rental dwelling unit is found to be in violation of the housing maintenance provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code or this chapter.
The fee to the Village of Camillus for filing the rental registration form shall be $25 per rental dwelling unit in the affected premises, to be paid at time of filing the form. There is no separate fee for the certificate of compliance. Fees may be added or changed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees.
In the event that a violation of the Uniform Code or any other applicable law, ordinance or regulation is found in an affected premises, the Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a compliance order directing correction of any violations within a reasonable time, depending on circumstances, but not later than 30 days after issuance of said compliance order.
After expiration of time as set forth in the compliance order, if the violations have not been corrected, then a civil or criminal court action may be commenced.
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, corporation or other entity to use or allow the use of an affected premises as a rental dwelling unit after the issuance of a compliance order and the violations have not been timely corrected.
Violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 for each violation, with each day representing a separate and distinct violation.