Without question, one of the most pressing issues that our city faces is the preponderance of negligent, absentee landlords. A quick look around our neighborhoods reveals an alarming number of properties that are in a state of disrepair, adding to neighborhood blight and reducing property values.
In order to combat this growing trend, I followed the lead of our sister city Schenectady and introduced the Landlord Registry law - a piece of legislation which I drafted and sponsored, and which was ultimately passed by a unanimous vote of the City Council.
The Landlord Registry law requires all absentee landlords - anyone that does not live in the building which they own - to submit a landlord registration form. This form contains all data pertinent to both the owner and the property, including the owner's full contact information. Any landlord who lives 20 miles outside of the city of Troy must appoint a property manager, and include all contact information for that manager. Fines for non-compliance - as well as possible imprisonment - are included in the language. We wanted this law to have some "bite", because this problem is one that will not go away on its own.
The Landlord Registry is the first phase of a multi-phase project to combat negligent absentee landlords and neighborhood blight. With your support, I will continue working on this issue in the upcoming months.