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Wayne Post
  • No decision on city of Canandaigua landlord database

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  • CANANDAIGUA — There was no vote on a proposed rental registration housing law — which would add a contact database of landlords — during Thursday night’s Canandaigua City Council meeting. Due to a large response from city landlords, the issue will be discussed further during the Oct. 15 Ordinance Committee meeting.
    “It does impact a lot of people, so we want to take our time and get it right,” said Councilmember and Ordinance Committee Chairperson David Whitcomb.
    If it’s eventually passed, the law would require owners of residential rental property to provide contact information, including phone numbers and emails, to the city. The ordinance — which was introduced and tabled during the Sept. 5 council meeting at City Hall — also requires the property owner to obtain a permit on a yearly basis. Council determined later in September that there would be no fee for the annual permit.
    Canandaigua landlord Mike Yarger organized multiple other property owners, along with a tenant, to attend the Oct. 3 meeting and discuss the issue. Yarger requested that the ordinance be lifted off the table and for a vote to occur Thursday, which was the final City Council meeting before November’s election. A motion to lift the item from the table was voted on and failed. After the item did not pass, many landlords in attendance exited the meeting.
    Mayor Ellen Polimeni noted that the proposal began with a request by city staff to obtain information for landlords or property managers. During past committee meetings, City Manager David Forrest noted that the city has had difficulties contacting landlords in instances involving problems with tenants, along with other reasons why the city may need to be in touch with the property owner.
    Polimeni said she was surprised by the reaction to the “simple request.”
    “It just seems that this has grown into such a huge question,” Polimeni said.
    The rental registration housing law item will be discussed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Hurley Building, located at 205 Saltonstall St. in Canandaigua. The issue was previously discussed during past Ordinance Committee meetings, along with a September Finance Committee meeting.
    The full resolution can be found online at Canandaiguanewyork.gov.

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