Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse metropolis councilors right this moment handed legislation to bar landlords from evicting tenants from one- and two-family rental homes that aren’t on the town’s rental registry.
The measure handed unanimously. The ordinance is meant to offer metropolis officers extra management over rental properties to allow them to deal with code violations and security hazards like peeling lead paint.
The town established the rental registry in 2007 to attempt to make sure the standard of one- and two-family rental properties. However roughly 60% of the 9,000 properties that must be on the rental registry will not be, metropolis officers say.
Beneath the ordinance co-sponsored by Councilor-at-Massive Michael Greene and 4th District Councilor Latoya Allen, landlords are prohibited from amassing hire if their models will not be on the rental registry. As a sensible matter, that change would come into play throughout eviction proceedings.
The ordinance particularly prohibits the eviction of tenants who didn’t pay hire throughout any interval when their residence was not in compliance with the rental registry. It doesn’t forestall landlords who be part of the registry from going again to gather hire that went unpaid whereas the home was out of compliance. However the again hire can’t be used to evict, even after the property is registered.
That may get landlords’ consideration and will encourage extra participation within the rental registry, mentioned tenant advocate Mary Traynor, a lawyer at Authorized Companies of Central New York who sought the laws. There are literally thousands of evictions every year in Syracuse, she mentioned.
The administration of Mayor Ben Walsh labored with councilors to develop the laws, which Walsh will signal.
“Linking evictions and hire assortment to compliance with the Rental Registry is one other manner we are able to enhance high quality of life within the Metropolis of Syracuse,” Walsh mentioned in a information launch. “Extra properties within the registry will make our neighborhoods stronger and guarantee higher high quality housing. I stay up for signing it.”
The rental registry was established in 2007 and applies to all one- and two-family leases within the metropolis. (Proprietor-occupied properties are exempt, as are bigger condo buildings that are monitored below different rules.) Homeowners should pay a $150 payment each three years (for every property) to keep up their rental registry certificates.