Getting Tougher On Absentee Landlords

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 17, 2006 at 11:28 PM EDT

City Council passed two new laws Monday night.

The first, requires all absentee landlords, who don't live in or own a business in Broome or surrounding counties, to register a contact for their property.

That contact must be reachable anytime of day, and live in Broome or a surrounding county.

The second law, increases the cost to landlords who don't keep their grass mowed or their sidewalks clean in the winter.

Currently, landlords are charged 25 dollars to have their property cared for by the city.

Under the new law, landlords will be charged 75 dollars per infraction, plus the cost of the work.

"Absentee landlords were figuring the city can do the work. We won't pay the bill...it gets attached to our taxes and oh well, we'll pay it eventually. This way, we've really jacked the fines up to a good number so now they're going to pay attention to what we're doing. We're not going to allow absentee landlords to destroy our city," says councilman Pat Russo.

Landlords not complying with the new regulations will face fines and possibly jail time.

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