[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Whiteland 8-18-1992 by Ord. No. 97-92. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Taxation — See Ch. 180.
This chapter is enacted to provide for the uniform and equitable distribution of the tax levies in the Township of East Whiteland and to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Township.
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, utilized by any person or persons for any commercial, industrial or professional office 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.
- A lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any business unit or dwelling unit located in the Township of East Whiteland.
- Any individual, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
- A person who has the use, either by himself or with others, of a business unit or a dwelling unit owned by a person other than himself, for a period exceeding 30 days.
Within 30 days from the effective date of this chapter, each landlord shall submit to the Township of East Whiteland a report, on a form to be supplied by the Township, which shall include the following information:
List of the business units and/or dwelling units owned by the landlord within the Township of East Whiteland, whether occupied or not occupied.
Address of each business unit and/or dwelling unit.
Brief description of each business unit and/or dwelling unit.
Whether or not said business unit and/or dwelling unit is inhabited or utilized by a tenant.
Names of the tenant or tenants utilizing the aforementioned business unit and/or dwelling unit, if any.
After the effective date of this chapter, any person who becomes a landlord of any business unit or dwelling unit in the Township of East Whiteland by agreement of sale, by deed or by any other means shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Township the information and data set forth in § 145-3 above on forms to be provided by the Township.
After the effective date of this chapter, each and every landlord of any business unit or dwelling unit within the Township of East Whiteland shall report to the Township, on a report form to be supplied by the Township, any changes in the use or occupancy of any business unit or dwelling unit owned by such landlord. The reported change shall include the name or names of new tenants of such business unit or dwelling unit, the date when such change was effected and the forwarding address of the old tenant or tenants, if known. A landlord of a hotel, inn or boardinghouse shall not be required to report a person as a "tenant" until that person has resided in such landlord's establishment for a period exceeding 30 days. In the event that a business unit or dwelling unit was used or utilized by a tenant and then becomes vacant, this change shall also be reported to the Township. All reports required by this section shall be made within 10 days after a landlord has knowledge that such a unit has had a change in occupancy or has become vacant.
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township before a District Justice, pay a fine for each such violation in an amount not less than $100 and not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Township. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of a violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable rules of civil procedure.