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Oswego Mayor Issues Executive Order Regarding Inspections

OSWEGO, NY – The following was issued by the Mayor’s Office earlier this morning (June 5).

After consultation with the City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney, I am issuing this Executive Order, effective immediately.

The City of Oswego shall cease requiring inspection of the interior of rental units in the City of Oswego as a condition for issuing Rental Permits. Applicants for a Rental Permit shall be required to complete the attached Rental Permit Application and Affidavit of Compliance, and shall pay the appropriate Rental Permit Fee to the City Chamberlain.

Upon receipt of a fully-completed Rental Permit Application and Affidavit of Compliance, signed and notarized by the property owner or property manager, together with a receipt from the City Chamberlain for the Rental Permit Fee, a three (3) year Rental Permit shall be issued to the applicant by the City.

This Executive Order does not prohibit the City’s Code Enforcement Officers from inspecting the exterior of any property. Nor does it prohibit the inspection of the interior of any rental property upon the request of the owner, property manager, or tenant.

Dated: June 4, 2014
Thomas W. Gillen, Mayor

CITY OF OSWEGO  RENTAL PERMIT APPLICATION
Please return this application to the Office of Code Enforcement, 13 West Oneida Street, City Hall, Oswego, New York, 13126

RENTAL PERMIT APPLICATION

PROPERTY INFORMATION

Property Address:

Is this property occupied? Yes No If yes, By Whom? Tenants Owner
Number of units: Rental Permit Fee ($30 per unit)

Please initial here if you would like to request an interior inspection:

OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

Name of Owner:

Physical Address (no P.O. Boxes):

City:  State: Zip Code:
County of Residence: Email:

Phone Number: Alternate Phone Number:

Please circle the appropriate entity of the owner:

Corporation – Partnership – LLC – Real Person

If you are completing this application on behalf of the Owner, please provide your information below:

Name:

Mailing Address (no P.O. Boxes):

City: State: Zip Code:

County of Residence: ___ Email:

Phone Number: Alternate Phone Number:

Relationship to owner: Are you a Property Manager? Yes No

PROPERTY MANAGER INFORMATION

Note: This information is required if the owner resides outside of Oswego County.

Name of Property Manager or Property Management Company:

Manager’s Mailing Address:

City: State: Zip Code:
Email: Phone Number:

Is the Property Manager a licensed Real Estate Broker? Yes No

If yes, New York State License Number:

Tax Map Number:

Water Meter Number:

Party Responsible for Removal of:

Trash_____ Snow___ Grass___

AFFIDAVIT 0F COMPLIANCE

By affixing my signature and initialing the requirements of the Oswego Housing Standards Code (Chapter 149) and New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code listed below, I_____, being duly sworn, depose and state:

The property located at__, in the City of Oswego, in the County of Oswego, in the State of New York is in substantial compliance with the Oswego Housing Standards Code (Chapter 149) and New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code regarding, but not limited to, the following smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, interior, and exterior requirements:

Section I. A. Smoke Alarms

I state under oath that this property is substantially in compliance with the Oswego Housing Standards Code (Chapter 149) and New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code regarding, but not limited to, the following smoke alarm requirements:

Each room used for sleeping purposes contains a smoke alarm.

The ceiling or wall in the immediate vicinity outside each separate sleeping contains a smoke alarm.

There is a smoke alarm on each story of the dwelling unit, including the basement. (This does not include crawl spaces and uninhabitable attic spaces.)

In dwellings or dwelling units with split levels and without doors between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm is installed on the upper levels, provided that the adjacent lower level is less than one full story below the upper level.

B. Carbon Monoxide Detectors

I state under oath that this property is substantially in compliance with the Oswego Housing Standards Code (Chapter 149) and New York State Uniform F ire Prevention and Building Code regarding, but not limited to, the following carbon monoxide detector requirements:

In property that was constructed before January l, 2008, there is a carbon monoxide detector within each dwelling unit or sleeping unit, on the lowest story having a sleeping area.

In property that was constructed after January l, 2008, there is a carbon monoxide detector within each dwelling unit or sleeping unit, on the lowest story having a sleeping area, AND there is a carbon monoxide detector within each dwelling unit or sleeping unit, on each story where there is a carbon monoxide source. A carbon monoxide source includes all fuel fired and solid fuel burning appliances, equipment, devices and systems; fireplaces; garages; all motor vehicle related occupancies; and all appliances, equipment, devices and systems that may emit carbon monoxide.

Application Continues on the Next Page.

Section II. Exterior of the Dwelling

I state under oath that this property is substantially in compliance with the Oswego Housing Standards Code (Chapter 149) and New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code regarding the exterior of the dwelling, including, but not limited to the following exterior areas and structures named:

All foundation walls of buildings /structures, exterior stairs, porches and railings are in good repair and structurally sound (i.e. free of holes, cracks, and capable of supporting imposed loads.

All exterior walls, roofs, and all openings around doors, windows, chimneys, and all other parts of the structure are weather proof and weather tight, (i.e. keep water from entering the structure and prevent undue heat loss) and there are no parts of the structure that show evidence of wet/dry rot or other deterioration.

All exterior wood surfaces have a protective coating to prevent deterioration.

All structures/buildings are free of loose overhanging objects. All exterior walls, roofs, and other parts of the structure are free from loose and unsecured objects and materials.

Section III: Interior of the Dwelling

I state under oath that this property is substantially in compliance with the Oswego Housing Standards Code (Chapter 149) and New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code in the interior of the dwelling, including, but not limited, appliances and other interior structures:

In the area of the cellar/basement: the furnace, hot water tank, venting, gas shut off, drip tube, and basement stairs are structurally sound, free from defects and deterioration, in a clean and sanitary condition, and function for which they were designed and are used.

In the area of the kitchen: ceilings, floors, cabinets, stove, refrigerator, hood/fan, sink, faucet, trap, electrical outlets, switches, and lights are structurally sound, free from defects and deterioration, in a clean and sanitary condition, and function for which they were designed and are used.

In the areas of the living room dining room, family room, and halls: walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, electrical outlets, switches, and lights are structurally sound, free from defects and deterioration, in a clean and sanitary condition, and function for which they were designed and are used.

In the area of all bathrooms: the walls, ceilings, floors, shower, bath, toilet, vent, fan, sink, faucets, traps, electrical outlets, switches, and lights are structurally sound,  from defects and deterioration, in a Clean and sanitary condition, and function for which they were designed and are used.

Furthermore, I state under oath that:

__The water bills and real property taxes are current (neither in arrears nor delinquent) on this property.

__There are no uncorrected code violations on this property.

__If I require an inspection by the Code Enforcement Office on this property, I understand that I am required to call the Division of Code Enforcement to make an appointment for inspection.

__There are no pending Nuisance Abatement Proceedings 0r orders of closure on this property.

APPLICATION & PROCESSING FEE

The owner or applicant must submit a Rental Permit Fee of $30 per unit at the time the application for a Rental Permit is complete. If the fee is not submitted, the application will be rejected. Payment of the fee must be made by check or money order and should be made payable to CITY OF OSWEGO.

For official use only.

Received By:

Check:  Check #:  Money Order:  Amt:

I state under oath that by signing below, all the aforementioned statements in this Application, including the Affidavit of Compliance, are true, and I understand that according to New York Law it is perjury to make false statements to a municipality.

PLEASE NOTE – New York State Penal Law §210.45: It is a Class A Misdemeanor for a person to knowingly offer a false instrument for filing, knowing that a written instrument contains a false statement or false information, and representing said instrument to a public office or public servant with the knowledge or belief that it will be filed with, registered or recorded in or otherwise become a part of the records of such public office or public servant.

This application must be notarized

Print Name:________  Signature:_____

Relationship of Signatory to Owner:_____ Date:_/_/_

Subscribed and sworn to before me this _day of __________, 20__

______Notary Public

4 Comments

  1. As if there weren’t enough reasons to leave the city. The slumlords of the city didn’t need any more help.

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