(A)   Purpose. The town finds it to be in the best interests of residents of the town and the general public to prevent illegal acts and to promote public peace, health, and safety, and to this end, the town enacts this chapter.
   (B)   Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context indicates or requires a different meaning.
      ABATE. To stop an activity or eliminate a condition if of a continuing nature, and to not repeat an activity that constituted a single event.
         (a)   A review panel consisting of the:
            1.   President of the Town Council;
            2.   President of the Chandler Planning Commission; and
            3.   Chief of the Police Department.
         (b)   The Town Attorney shall be present at all meetings of the Code Enforcement Board in an advisory capacity.
      COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH SYSTEM. The computer systems and software utilized by the Police Department and emergency services to dispatch police, fire, medical and related personnel to the public and to generate reports regarding public safety personnel responses to such emergencies or complaints.
      CONTACT INFORMATION. The name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable).
      DWELLING UNIT. A group of rooms or a room occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters, and may encompass permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.
      INITIATE EVICTION PROCEEDINGS. To take the necessary steps required under Indiana law, including any notice requirements, to begin the process of eviction ultimately resulting in the filing of a cause of action for the eviction of a tenant.
      LEASE. The oral or written agreement between the owner or property agent and tenant regarding rental unit or residential rental building.
      MUNICIPAL CODE. The code of ordinances of the Town of Chandler, Indiana.
      NEIGHBOR. A person who lives in a dwelling unit, residential rental building, or residence on the same street or an adjacent street, but no further than a quarter of a mile, to that of a tenant creating a nuisance or a person who lives within the same dwelling unit or residential rental building as a tenant creating a nuisance but under a separate lease.
      NEIGHBORHOOD. The dwelling unit, residential rental building, street, or adjacent street no further than a quarter of a mile, of a tenant creating a nuisance. If the tenant creating a nuisance lives in an apartment complex, the neighborhood shall include to the grounds of the apartment complex.
      NOTICE. A written document served upon the owner or property agent, as listed in the town's rental registry, or in the event a property is not registered, the Warrick County Assessor's records, and tenant by personal service followed up with regular mail, postage prepaid, as contemplated in the Indiana Trial Rules. An owner or property agent may elect in their registration to receive notices by facsimile and/or email. A tenant may not waive their right to notice as defined in this paragraph.
      NUISANCE. Any violation of this chapter which also includes a condition or activity for which a tenant is responsible which interferes with a neighbor's possession and/or ordinary use and enjoyment of their dwelling unit, residential rental building or residence. For purposes of this chapter, any violation of § 97.04(A)(1) through (23) or § 97.07(A)(1) through (13) is presumed to be a nuisance.
      OWNER. Any person who, alone, jointly or severally with others, shall have title to any residential rental building or dwelling unit with or without having actual possession.
      POLICE DEPARTMENT. The Chandler Police Department.
      PROPERTY AGENT. A person, operator, firm, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity designated by the owner to manage a residential rental building, including the authority to receive notices or citations.
      RENT. To offer a building or dwelling unit for use or occupation for a definite period of time in exchange for remuneration, whether it be for money, property, or any other form of payment.
      RESIDENCE. A residential building within the town containing one or more dwelling units that are owner-occupied.
      RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. A building or structure that is intended for and used as a residence or multiple residences.
      RESIDENTIAL RENTAL BUILDING. Any residential building within the town containing one or more dwelling units held or intended to be held for rent.
      REVISED LEASE. The amended oral or written agreement between the owner or property agent and the remaining tenant(s) after one of the persons obligated or listed on the lease were subject to an eviction filing order.
      TENANT. A lessee, occupant, or guest of a residential rental building, dwelling unit, residence or residential building. For purposes of this chapter, a tenant is responsible for the actions of their guests even if a guest is asked to leave and becomes a trespasser.
      TOWN. The Town of Chandler, Indiana, or, as appropriate, its employees, officers, agents, consultants, or contractors acting under and within the scope of authority of the town to carry out and enforce the provisions of this code.
(Ord. 2016-01, passed 2-15-2016)