The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 8, 2013

Danville rental ordinance vote is set for Tuesday

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — After months of revising a residential rental registration ordinance in Danville, the borough council plans to bring it to a vote Tuesday.

Council will consider adopting the new ordinance during its meeting starting at 6 p.m. in council chambers on Mill Street.

The new ordinance requires all residential rental properties to have a rental occupancy license. The annual fee for registration and renewal of the license is $25. The cost for an annual inspection is $50. The fee for each re-inspection is $25.

According to the ordinance, Danville borough will do the periodic inspections and investigate reasonable complaints. Landlords may be asked to allow entry, with reasonable notice, so the code enforcement officer can do the inspections.

The program regulates disorderly conduct by tenants and their guests. If a Danville police officer determines an occupant’s or an unauthorized guest’s behavior is disorderly on multiple occasions, the landlord may be directed to evict the tenant, according to code administrator Jackie Hart. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of a landlord’s rental occupancy license.

Disorderly conduct is defined as fighting, threatening or other violent or tumultuous behavior, making unreasonable noise, using obscene language or obscene gestures, creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition which serves no legitimate purpose and any activities illegal under the Pennsylvania crimes code.

The ordinance outlines standards for information to be contained in a rental agreement to ensure clarification of who is responsible for specific provisions such as trash removal, lawn care, utility bills and other items.

According to Hart, the ordinance is an effort to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of citizens, establish rights and obligation of owners and occupants related to residential rental units and to encourage owners and occupants to maintain and improve the quality of rental housing.

There are about 925 rental units in Danville.

The entire ordinance is available for inspection during business hours at Danville borough offices on Mill Street or at www.danvilleboro.org.

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