[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Horsham Township at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES208a Tenant ID Form
Taxation — See Ch. 204.
This chapter is enacted to provide for the uniform and equitable distribution of the tax levies in Horsham Township and upon the inhabitants thereof and to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of Horsham 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, with or without improvements located thereon, utilized by any person or persons for any commercial activity or purpose, including but not limited to retail, wholesale, service, institutional or industrial.
- 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 parcel of real estate located in Horsham Township, or a lessor, or person who acts as agent for the lessor, of any improvements on real estate or any building located in Horsham Township.
- Any individual, partnership, association, firm, limited liability company or corporation.
- A person who has the use, either by himself or with others, of a dwelling unit or a business unit owned by a person other than himself for a period exceeding 30 days.
Within 30 days from the effective date of this chapter and by January 31 of each year thereafter, each landlord shall submit to the Horsham Township Director of Finance and the Hatboro-Horsham School District Business Manager a report form supplied by the Horsham Township Director of Finance which includes the following information:
List of the dwelling units and business units owned by the landlord, located within Horsham Township limits, whether occupied or not occupied;
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 inhabited or utilized by tenants;
Names of the tenant or tenants utilizing the aforementioned dwelling unit or business unit, if any.
The annual reporting requirement shall be independent of all other reporting requirements of this chapter.
After the effective date of this chapter, any person who becomes a landlord of any parcel of real estate or any improvement on real estate or building located in Horsham Township by agreement of sale, by deed, or by any other means, shall, within 30 days thereafter, report to the Horsham Township Director of Finance and the Hatboro-Horsham School District Business Manager the information and data set forth in § 208-3 above, and on forms to be provided by the Horsham Township Director of Finance.
After the effective date of this chapter, each and every landlord of property within Horsham Township shall report to the Horsham Township Director of Finance and the Hatboro-Horsham School District Business Manager, on a report form to be supplied by the Horsham Township Director of Finance, any change in the use or occupancy of any dwelling unit or business unit owned by such landlord. The reported change shall include the name or names of new tenants of such dwelling unit or business 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 dwelling unit or business unit was used or utilized by a tenant and then becomes vacant, this change shall also be reported to the Horsham Township Director of Finance and the Hatboro-Horsham School District Business Manager. 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.
The Horsham Township Director of Finance, under the authority of this chapter, shall:
Maintain on file at the Horsham Township office the names of the landlords owning dwelling units and business units in Horsham Township, said list to include the names of the current tenants of said dwelling units and business units;
Notify the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief of Horsham Township 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 conviction before a District Justice, be subject to a penalty of not less than $200 nor more than $500, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues may be regarded as a separate offense and punishable as such.