Oswego Council Hikes Rental Permit Fee

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday night’s Common Council meeting, the mayor’s proposed rental fee permit hike was approved, 5-1-1.

Council president Shawn Walker cast the lone nay vote and Councilor Robert Corradino abstained.

Mayor Billy Barlow said his proposal will help hold “landlords accountable and pressure them into maintaining their property and treating their tenants fairly.”

The new rental permit fee is $150 for a three-year period, five times more expensive than the current $30 fee.

It will become effective as of Oct. 1.

The fee was last increased (to $30) on Aug. 22, 2005.

With all of the expenses and upgrades in the code enforcement department, the mayor said the fee increase will help bolster the department and make the inspection process more efficient.

“I’m delighted with the Common Council’s approval of the fee increase and our new code enforcement strategy as now we can begin holding landlords more accountable, begin to reclaim our neighborhoods and also stand up for tenants right,” the mayor said. “We are being strategic and extremely aggressive in making sure landlords are responsive to the concerns of their tenants and ensuring the properties they own do not detract from the value of our neighborhoods.”

The fee increase of $150 for a three-year rental permit comes one week after the Common Council took “no action” on the matter.

“I’m sure the council heard from their city residents and realize that we are entering a new chapter in the city of Oswego. City landlords will no longer influence the local government, but instead we will stand up, hold them accountable and block by block begin improving our neighborhoods,” Barlow said.

“We still have time to add to this as we go along as we see fit,” he said Monday night. “I urge the council now to pass this.”

More amendments to the city charter regarding code enforcement are in the works, he added.

The council approved Local Law No. 5 of Year 2016 ? a local law amending Chapter 83, Buildings, Dangerous of the Code of the City of Oswego.

And, they set a public hearing for a proposed a change in a local law, Chapter 149, Housing Standards Section 149-6.

The proposal would amend the section to read: Installation, alterations and repair to residential premises, and materials, assemblies and equipment utilized in connection therewith shall be reasonably safe to persons and property and in conformity with applicable statutes of the state of New York including, but not limited to, the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code in accordance with Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Part 1203 and amendments thereto, and the city of Oswego  and orders, rules and regulations issued by authority thereof.

The public hearing will be held at 7:10 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

In other business, the councilors approved scheduling a public hearing regarding the proposed amendments to the Code of the City of Oswego, Chapter 257, Vehicles and Traffic, Section 257-27, Winter Parking Restrictions.

It will be held at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Council Chamber of City Hall.


  1. And yet again Oswego beats Fulton to the punch….We raised ours but I think it should be $500 for a three year term…There is no way you can tell me that the landlords aren’t making a small fortune off taxpayers money…Good Job Oswego nice try Fulton…both need to go higher.. Maybe next yer Fulton can go higher.

  2. Thank you Shawn for trying. You seem to be the only one that realizes that this rate increase will not change anything except put more money in the City’s pocket or where does it go? And Robert, very understandable that you would abstain, although I am sure you would agree with Shawn. Now that the city is going to be collecting all this extra money use it to get code enforcers out there and hit the scum bag landlords and renters first. You/we all know who they are. Fine the hell out of them and keep following up. Don’t waste time on the good landlords like Robert Corrandino. In fact, the good landlords are being punished because Code enforcement has not punished the bad ones enough. They shouldn’t have to pay more when they are doing the right thing by there renters and the city. Now landlords will raise rents and for those renter getting rental assistance, the taxpayer will actually be paying there rent increase. The Mayor and the other Counselors need to take off there blinders and think how there decisions will effect the good people that live and pay taxes in Oswego.

  3. Thank you for defending the” good ” landlords. The single rental property that I own is very well maintained. The neighboring rental properties are an eyesore with health hazards. Just one example is a garage full of garbage that attracts skunks and other rodents. That landlord lives in a beautiful mansion but does no upkeep on his rental property. I’ve seen the code enforcer there and anticipated the place to be condemned. But no, just new tenants, probably needed a HUD inspection. Unfortunately all landlords get lumped together. Here’s hoping that somehow the permit increase will make an improvement on the condition of rental properties.

  4. Why does it take Code enforcement soooo long to do anything about the horrible properties in Oswego. The property of Doug Waterberrys that was just condemned last week. It did not get that way over night. Non of them do. Why are they allowed to get that way in the first place? There is no excuse for that. I would be suing someone if I were one of those kids parent and found that the city was allowing my child to live in conditions like when they should of made the landlord keep the building up to code.

  5. I just saw the story about the permit fee for winter parking. It cost more to park your car in front of your house in the winter at $75.00 for a winter parking permit for 4 months. The slumlords only pay $50.00 per year. Now what is wrong with this picture.

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