A landlord in Elmira, New York chose to plead guilty last week to misdemeanor charges for alleged building code violations.
Town officials are hailing this as a victory for their controversial new rental programs, which include stepped up building inspections, and a requirement that landlords who do not live within the county boundaries hire a property manager who does. This landlord is the first to be prosecuted criminally under these ordinances, according to local officials.
Earlier this year, another Elmira landlord filed a lawsuit challenging the new requirements. He owns 46 rental properties near Elmira but lives in Millerton, Pennsylvania, 11 miles away. A lower court ordered him to either move his personal residence over the county line –only a slight distance, or hire a property manager to care for all his New York properties.
The landlord charged with code violations will face a fine and possible probation. Her sentencing is set for Novermber 29. She also has been ordered to repair the properties.
Details regarding the condition of her properties that prompted the charges are not known at this time.
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