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City Of Cortland Comes Out On Top In Lawsuit About Rental Registry Law

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Brian Tobin, Mayor of Cortland

A press release from the office of Cortland City Mayor Brian Tobin states the city has won defending the lawsuit regarding its Rental Permit Law at the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department.

The Court ruled that the disputed items within the Permit Law were not unconstitutionally vague and that “reasonable people of ordinary intelligence” would be able to determine the meaning of the terms.

In addition, the courts ruled in favor of the city’s requirement that no more than 3 unrelated persons may occupy certain rental units.

According to Mayor Tobin, a majority of apartment owners have complied with the law. He hopes that with this decision, the remaining holdouts will now come into legal compliance and avoid enforcement actions.

The “Rental Permit Law” was enacted a number of years ago with the purpose of increasing health and safety for tenants and protecting neighborhood integrity. The application asks for general information about the landlord and the building. It also asks for the maximum number of persons who are allowed to live at the apartment.

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