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2009-24-196 - Landlord Permits City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: September 21, 2009 Item Type: Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: Yes No Ordinance Reading: 1st Reading 2nd Reading X X Public Hearing: Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X Sponsor Name Danny Crew, City Manager Department: City Manager Short Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2005‐14‐52, “LANDLORD PERMITS” TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY TO DENY, REFUSE TO RENEW OR TO REVOKE A LANDLORD PERMIT WHEN PROPERTY HAS BEEN DEEMED A CHRONIC NUISANCE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DEFINITION CONTAINED HEREIN; PROVIDING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE DEFINITION SECTION; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE Staff Summary: On March 9, 2005, the City Council adopted ordinance 2005‐14‐52, which enacted the Landlord Permit process in Miami Gardens. While the landlord permit has worked to address some of the minimum housing issues that existed with rental properties in the City, the legislation lacked provisions to address rental properties that negatively impacted the surrounding residents’ quality of life due to excessive disturbances or criminal activity at the property. These “chronic nuisance properties” are defined in the proposed ordinance amendment as follows: • Chronic nuisance. Chronic nuisance shall mean an instance where there have been three (3) or more unrelated disturbance calls made at a particular dwelling or dwelling unit within a six (6) month period. ITEM I-3) ORDINANCE SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING Amending Landlord Permit Ordinance 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 • Disturbance call. Disturbance call shall mean any police call, the result of which negatively affect the quality of life of neighboring residents including, but not limited to, drugs, prostitution, assault and battery and that requires the City of Miami Gardens to respond to a dwelling or dwelling unit. The proposed amendment also provides that the City shall have the ability to revoke or deny a landlord permit if said property is deemed a “chronic nuisance”. Landlords who have their permit revoked/denied and continue to rent property in violation of the ordinance will be subject to the city’s code enforcement fine procedures, which may include the placement of code enforcement liens and or foreclosure action. This amendment will be a powerful tool for both Code Compliance and Police officers to use in improving the quality of life in both single family and multifamily communities in the City. Proposed Action: That City Council approve the attached ordinance amending ordinance 2005‐14‐52 “Landlord Permits”. Attachment: Attachment A: Ordinance 2005‐14‐52