Mayor Lovely Warren submits legislation aimed at reducing the negative impact of absentee landlords on property values in Rochester neighborhoods. The new legislation is part of a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the City’s Nuisance Abatement Point System, in line with Mayor Warren’s goals of creating safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, increasing government transparency, and improving landlord accountability.
Speaking at Wednesday’s press conference the Mayor said, “We have to give city residents and business owners confidence that the investments they make in this city will be sound. A stronger and more effective nuisance abatement point system gives us a powerful tool to protect those investments, while also being fair to business owners and landlords.”
The legislation would amend the City’s Building Owner Registry, requiring property owners to maintain a point of contact for issues with their property. Property owners that reside outside of the designated 13/14 zip codes must designate a Monroe County resident as the point of contact for property issues, and provide a business phone number that will be made public. Under the changes, landlords will be more accountable to their tenants, and tenants will be empowered to deal with property issues quickly and effectively.
In addition, Mayor Warren announced major changes to the way in which information about nuisance points and properties is shared with the public. All nuisance point information will now be available online, and anyone will be able to check if a property has been assessed nuisance points. The information will be available in several forms, including geographic information system (GIS) maps of the city.
The redesigned Nuisance Points Abatement System will be overseen by the Director of Neighborhood Service Centers, a position created by Mayor Warren in March to improve customer service and more effectively address quality-of-life issues in Rochester neighborhoods.