From Patrick McGrady, Harford Property Owners Association:
Harford County Council Bill No. 12-02 was introduced on Tuesday, January 10, 2011 at the Council meeting.
Please read the bill at the link here so you know what we are up against. http://harfordproperty.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bill-12-02001.pdf
Here are some highlights from the Bill:
Section 162-5: Rental Registration. A. Property owner may not rent a dwelling unit or a portion of a dwelling unit unless the property owner has been issued a registration as provided for in the Chapter.
Section 162-12. Powers and Duties of Code Officials. Section I. Rule-making Authority. The Director of the Department shall have power as may be necessary in the interest of public safety, health, and general welfare, to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to interpret provisions of the Code to further its intent.
Section 162-13. Inspections by Code Officials. Section A. Justification. An inspection is triggered by a complaing, referral, required inspection or as part of an overall departmental strategy in particular neighborhoods (“target neighborhoods”). If violations are observed, a violation notice is prepared and the owner as a stated period of time to correct the violations. After the stated period of time has elapsed, the property will be reinspected.
Section 162-13. Section C. Failure to cure violation within the time required by abatement order. If the owner fails to correct the violation within the timeframe set by the abatement order, the order shall permit the department to enter the property, make the repairs and charge the owner for said repairs.
Section 162-14. Condemnation; unsafe structures and equipment; vacation. Section A. 1. When a structure or part of it is found by the Code Official to be unsafe or unfit for human occupancy or use, the Code Official may condemn the structure or part of it and may order the structure or part of it to be placarded and vacated pursuant to the provisions of this code.
Section 162-16. Violations and penalties. Section B. Civil Penalty. A person who rents a dwelling or portion of a dwelling unit without a registration is subject to a civil penalty of $1000. C. A penalty ordered under this code is in addition to, and is not a substitute for any other penalty authorized by federal, state, and local law. D. Each day of a violation constitutes a separate offense.
We need to read this bill to know what’s inside it. Your help is needed to stop this bad bill from being passed by the County Council.
This bill has been introduced in the Council, so the next step is the Public Hearing to be held on February 14, 2012 at 7PM in Bel Air.
P.S. Remember to forward this email to a friend or business contact so we can defend our property rights against a new RENTAL REGISTRATION program that is being proposed by the County Council.