Rockland County to crack down on slumlords

Officials are setting up a registry to make sure that rental units are on record and up to code.

Officials are setting up a registry to make sure that rental units are on record and up to code. (3/30/17)

NEW CITy - Rockland County is cracking down on slumlords.

Officials are setting up a rental registry to require landlords with three or more units to sign up with the county.

For the past few years, Rockland has been using the health code as a way to stop overcrowding and illegal apartments.

Leaders say this registry will make sure the units are on record and up to code. "We want slumlords to become landlords. We have not gotten anybody thrown out of their houses, but it’s working. We are levying substantial fines to get the attention of landlords, who are basically abusing people, for greed," says Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

The registry will also provide a list of apartments which are in good condition. There will be a $25 registration fee per unit to get on the registry.

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