Olean Public Safety Committee to Consider Costs of Rental Property Inspection Law

OLEAN, NY — During its meeting Tuesday, members of the Olean Common Council Public Safety Committee will study the financial aspects of  the proposed PL #25-17, which would require that all rental properties in the city be inspected before being occupied by new tenants.

According to the council's agenda, PL #25-17 would "amend and replace the City of Olean Code of Ordinances Chapter 12 in its entirety with the following: Chapter 12, Property Maintenance and Residential Occupancy Code: Article I, Property Maintenance Code; Article II, Residential Occupancy Certificates; and Article III, Rental Dwelling Registration, Inspection and Occupancy permits."

Many Olean properties are rundown and lack essential safety requirements such as working smoke detectors, Fire Department Capt. Edward Jennings said. To improve the standard of living, the fire department would need to carry out inspections to ensure that rental properties are safe for people to live in. PL-#25-17 would involve the hiring of inspectors and a fee to cover the cost of inspections. 

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"If the cost is $50 or $100, that could be over $3 per month per unit for over a three-year period. It’s pretty insignificant if it's budgeted right,” Alderman Kevin Dougherty (D-4), who is the sponsor of PL #25-17, said.

The city’s goal, according to Olean Mayor William J. Aiello, is to make the city a more desirable place, eliminating broken-down properties and encouraging people to live and start businesses in Olean.

"When we have everything drafted and there’s a law to be voted on, we would have to submit that for public comment and the public hearing would be issued," Dougherty explained. “My goal is to have the law finalized before the end of the year.”

The Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet after the conclusion of the  council's City Operations Committee 5:30 p.m.meeting in the Police Training Room of the Olean Municipal Building, 101 E. State St.

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