Dolgetta Law

Rental Registry Laws: Shifting Burden and Responsibility to the Broker – Again?

In recent years, numerous municipalities within the State of New York, whether it be a city, town, village or hamlet, have witnessed the passing and implementation of rental registry laws. This article will focus on municipalities within the territory and jurisdiction of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, namely, Clarkstown, Airmont and New Rochelle, just to name a few. It is important to note that each municipality may have a rental registry or rental permit ordinance of its own.

Generally, there are a number of reasons put forth to justify the imposition of such local ordinances, which depend on the particular issues faced by the respective communities, such as public health, safety and welfare of residents, as well as the protection of the character and stability of residential areas; the correction and prevention of housing conditions/violations that adversely affect the physical, mental and social well-being of persons occupying dwellings; and the preservation of the value of land and buildings.

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