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May 28, 2018

Stricter Regulations and Fines for Fulton Landlords


FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council targeted landlords with amendment to city charter.

An amendment of Subsection C152(J) of the City Charter entitled Housing maintenance; rental permits added stricter regulations and fines for landlords.

Under new law, landlords will not be permitted new or renewed rental permits if they are in violation of any city code or owe unpaid property taxes, water and sewer bills, or fees of any nature owed to the City of Fulton.

Any landlord that does not obtain a rental permit will accrue a $200 fine each month until such permit is obtained.

Any landlord that does not live within the city will be required to designate a property manager residing within 25 miles. Each month that a property manager remains undesignated, landlords will accrue a $200 fine.

Landlords that are not compliant or accessible will continue to be fined until which time their rental permits will be revoked requiring tenant occupied properties to be vacated.

The changes were modeled largely off of Oswego’s success in imposing stricter regulations for landlords after a Supreme Court ruling in a case against a landlord ruled in the city’s favor, Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said.

Council president Donald Patrick Jr. said such changes are just “the tip of the iceberg” in the council’s efforts to continue updating city code and charter.

“There’s going to be a lot more as far as codes and charter is concerned,” Patrick said. “A lot of it is outdated and doesn’t fit our needs, so we’re going to fine tune it.”

Oswego County legislator representing a portion of Fulton, Frank Castiglia Jr. was in favor of the crackdown on Fulton landlords, but feels more can be done.

“The code changes are good, but I don’t think they’ve gone far enough,” Castiglia said.

He would like to see a point system implemented for recurring police presence at rental properties. When a property reaches a certain point value, a fine will be implemented to the landlord.

“I think that’s the next avenue for the city of Fulton, we’re starting to clean this city up,” Castiglia said.

Patrick intends to investigate into the point system for recurring police visits that “tie up the city’s police force,” hoping the possibility of accruing fines will encourage landlords to be more careful during tenant selection.

Fifth ward councilor Dennis Merlino said code enforcement intends to be the “term of the year.”

“We are going to keep pushing codes and pushing codes, bringing our neighborhoods up,” he said.

Sixth ward councilor Lawrence Macner said targeting the city’s “slumlords” is another step in ongoing efforts to clean up the city.

“It’s a small percentage of people that will really be affected. Good landlords and homeowners have been happy in response to the change,” council president Donald Patrick Jr. said.

10 Responses “Stricter Regulations and Fines for Fulton Landlords”

  1. rowdy1
    April 4, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Nice city . You are only 20 years too late.

  2. Former Resident
    April 4, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Enforcing codes violations is the City’s job. However, the expenses of running the rental property will be borne by the tenants. I doubt that there is an excess of low cost housing so the poorest people may share this burden.
    I’m not sure how the landlord is responsible for the criminal actions of its tenants. Is “being more careful in tenant selection” just a form of housing discrimination against someone that is poor and may have a criminal record.
    Cleaning up the City is an admiral goal however the details can complicate the process.

  3. Frank Castiglia
    April 4, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Like I said it’s a start. They have to take it about 5 steps further. If they want to take back our city. They have to start putting a point system in effect for both police calls to rental properties, and code violations also. Both would result in loss of rental permit and processing costs added to taxes or rental permit. This will in no way affect the good landlords we have in our city. Other steps would be the requirement by the landlord to provide window coverings(blinds or drapes), not sponge Bob or Micky Mouse window coverings. These could all be in the rental permit and the rental agreement with the renter. All will improve our city and neighborhoods. Next up is requiring the landlord to provide sufficient garbage containers and enforce all these.

  4. Former Fultonian
    April 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    And how does any of this apply to slumlords that “rent” to family members?

  5. Poppy Seed
    April 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    There wouldn’t have to be so many landlords if the corporations employed people for a fair wage.

  6. Cal Ferris
    April 4, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I am a Landlord and live 30 feet outside the city limits. I have to hire a Property manager from 25 miles away to manage my rental home that is within walking distance or I will be fined $200…. Are you people out of your mind? The answer is YES!

  7. Still watching
    April 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Cal Ferris, I feel sorry for your ability to comprehend what was written. The new law reads: If the landlord lives more than 25 miles away he or She must provide a property manager that is 25 miles or less away from said property. I hope this clears things up for you.

  8. Cal Ferris
    April 5, 2018 at 7:39 am

    *Still Watching…. It states….Any landlord that does not live within the city will be required to designate a property manager residing within 25 miles. Each month that a property manager remains undesignated, landlords will accrue a $200 fine……..
    Any Landlord that does not live within the city….. That’s ME….
    It does not say… a landlord that lives 25 miles away.
    I hope that clears things up for you.

  9. It's about time
    April 5, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I’ll bet most landlords live outside of the city and don’t care about Fulton. They are probably going to express displeasure because they are renting rundown properties only to profit, and this will narrow that margin. This change in code is long overdue. The slummy properties have been a drag on the property values of those of us who maintain our single family/primary residences in the city. Maybe Fulton will stop attracting all of the poor from other areas of the county and region, if the landlords are forced to raise their rent and invest in these properties? Look at the level of poverty in our school district! We have about 60% free and reduced lunch rate, and our schools get all of the problems related to this demographic of our population. I hope the stricter code is actually enforced. Better late than never?

  10. Frank Castiglia
    April 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Cal Ferris/Still Watching, I’m pretty sure that if a landlord lives within a 25 mile radius of the City but not in the city he can name himself as the property mgr. The purpose of a property mgr. is so the city has someone to come to codes court when needed. That’s the way I read it. If the landlord is wintering in the south for a extended time he should have a property mgr. that may not be in there but it should be.

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