Jackie Ortiz for City Council


Ortiz Sponsors Landmark Legislation

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We have heard too many times, ‘I wish I knew what was going on ... I wish I knew who to call’” about a problem property, Ortiz said, noting that the use of LLCs and PO boxes often shield landlords’ identities from public view. “Although logistically (this is) a simple change, I believe it will be a powerful one.”

~Jackie Ortiz, Democrat and Chronicle
— http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/08/09/warren-rochester-nuisance-properties-absentee-landlord/551766001/


Dear Housing Provider:

I want to share with you the attached legislation that is currently before the City Council. The intent behind the legislation is to create a requirement for residential rental property owners to register a contact person who is responsible for the property. For many of you, you will merely identify yourself as the owner of the property and the person responsible for addressing any issues that may arise on the property.

City Council has heard from members of the community time and time again, who have expressed frustration with their inability to contact a property owner. We feel that many problems could be resolved if neighbors had the ability to easily find the person responsible for a property and discuss concerns directly with the housing provider or his/her designee. This legislation will require the name of the person responsible, a physical address and a business phone be provided as the primary contact information for all residential rental property. We believe this will provide an increased level of transparency and accessibility in addressing housing concerns in our neighborhoods. The ability to allow property owners and neighbors to communicate with each other and build these essential relationships will strengthen our neighborhoods.

Some legislation requires a public hearing, however this item does not. Given the impact this legislation could have in our neighborhoods, and because many neighborhood leaders and residents have expressed concerns over this issue, we as a Council wanted to make you aware of these changes. Because we know this legislation impacts neighborhoods directly we want to give you a chance to share your thoughts and therefore have decided to wait to vote on the legislation until the August 15, 2017 Council Meeting.

One of the best places to offer feedback is at our next Speak to Council session. Speak to Council is held at 6:30p.m., immediately before the regular City Council Meeting.  This month Speak to Council will be held on July 18, 2017, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (30 Church Street, Downtown Rochester).  In order to speak at this meeting you do need to sign up in advance and can do so by calling the City Clerk’s Office at (585) 428-7421 any time before 5:30pm on July 18, 2017.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your thoughts with the Council please email them to council@cityofrochester.gov or mail them to the City Council Office, 30 Church Street, Room 301A, Rochester, NY 14614. You will have another opportunity to address the Council at the August Speak to Council session, on August 15, 2017, just using the same process described above to sign up.

I encourage you to share this information and invitation with the members of your neighborhood and business associations.   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (585) 428-7538


Jackie Ortiz
At-Large Councilmember
Chair, Neighborhood and Community Development Committee

Anthony Plonczynski