Summit Hill council says it intends to enact landlord-tenant ordinance
Some members of Summit Hill Borough Council are intent on restoring an ordinance which had a short life span five years ago.
They want to re-enact a landlord-tenant ordinance, which would mandate that landlords bring their properties in compliance with borough codes before renting them, and that they notify the borough when a tenant moves in or out of a rental unit.
One provision some want to see added is a "three strikes" rule, in which a landlord would have to evict a tenant if there were three legitimate police complaints lodged against the tenant.
The council agreed to review the ordinance, bring suggestions on amendments or additions to next month's meeting, and then advertise it for adoption. Next month's meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the borough hall.
Council members Michael Kokinda and Bill Chapman said they see nothing wrong with the ordinance which had been enacted in 2005 and repealed in 2006.
"It needs to be tweaked," said Harry Miller. He said he feels the ordinance should include all borough properties and not just rental units.
Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough's solicitor, said the ordinance deals specifically with licensing properties for rental use. In addition, it mandates inspections to assure rental units are complying with the Property Maintenance Code.
Chief of Police Joseph Fittos said there had been comments in the past about limiting how many people can live in a house and implementing a three-strike rule.
"Why are we in such a hurry to get this passed?" asked Miller.
The council said one other thing to be discussed next month will be cost of prosecution for violations to an ordinance if it becomes adopted.