County executive steps up attack on illegal apartments

Rockland County Executive Ed Day is stepping up his attack on illegal apartments.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day is stepping up his attack on illegal apartments. (2/17/16)

SPRING VALLEY - Rockland County Executive Ed Day is stepping up his attack on illegal apartments.

His latest proposal is to force all landlords with more than three renters to register with the Health Department before letting anyone move in.

"The applicant will have to verify that the premises comply with all laws or regulations that ensure the health and safety of occupants," he said.

There's also been a push from the fire service to support Day's crackdown on slumlords because it's difficult to tell what conditions are like on the inside of a building, and illegal changes made to the layout can be deadly in case of a fire.

Realtors News 12 spoke with said the landlords they work with support the initiative.

"As a realtor, it will protect both landlords, tenants and first responders, which is most important to us," said realtor Mitchell Baur.

Day said the Rockland Codes Initiative has already been making an impact, with fines for violations increasing 630 percent in one year.

 

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