§ 365.02  Residential Rental Unit Registration Required; Application for and Issuance of Certificate of Rental Registration; Revocation
   (a)   Rental Unit Registration Required. An owner of a residential rental unit or units located in the City shall register each unit with the Department of Building and Housing in a rental registry which is established by the Director.
   (b)   Application Information. Application for a certificate of rental registration required by this Housing Code shall be made annually, on or before March 1st on forms supplied by the Director. Information to be supplied on an application shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
      (1)   The name, address, telephone number and email address of the owner or owners of the premises. If a partnership, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all general partners. If a corporation, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of the current statutory agent and all corporate officers of the corporation. The address for corporations and partnerships shall be the principal place of business and the address for persons shall be the home address;
      (2)   The name, address, telephone number and email address of the managing agent of the premises, if any. If a partnership, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of the current statutory agent and all corporate officers of the corporation. The address for corporations and partnerships shall be the principal place of business and the address for persons shall be the home address;
      (3)   If the owner of a rental unit resides or is located outside of Cuyahoga County, the name, current address, telephone number, and email address of an agent designated by the owner, who is a natural person and who resides within Cuyahoga County, and who is authorized by the owner to receive service of a Notice of Violation on the owner's behalf. An agent designated under this section shall be of sound mind and at least eighteen (18) years of age. It is the owner's obligation to notify the Director in writing, of any change in the name, address, telephone number, and/or email address of any agent designated.
   (c)   Issuance of Certificate of Rental Registration. Upon registration, the Director shall issue a certificate of rental registration which shall indicate:
      (1)   The street address or other identifying characteristics of the building or other structure;
      (2)   The name, address, telephone number and email address of the owner or owners of the premises. In the case of a partnership, the names of all general partners;
      (3)   If the record owner is a corporation, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of the current statutory agent and all corporate officers of that corporation;
      (4)   The name, address, telephone number and email address of the managing agent of the premises, if any;
      (5)   The name, address (including the dwelling unit, apartment or room number), telephone number and email address of the superintendent, custodian, or other individual employed by the owner or managing agent to provide regular maintenance services, if any;
      (6)   The name, address, telephone number and email address of an individual representative of the owner or managing agent who may be reached or contacted at any time in the event of an emergency affecting the premises of any rental unit in that structure, including such emergencies as the failure of a utility system or service, and who has the authority to make emergency decisions concerning the building including its repairs or expenditures;
      (7)   The use and occupancy authorized and the use district, ward, and census tract in which the structure is located; and
      (8)   The lead-safe certification status, if applicable.
   (d)   Revocation of Certificate of Rental Registration. The Director may revoke a certificate of rental registration if the applicant makes any false statement in connection with the registration, or if the structure that was covered by it is no longer in compliance with the requirements of this Code, or if the owner, agent, or person in charge of a structure refuses to comply with any provision of this Code required for the use, maintenance and/or occupancy of a structure, including this chapter and Chapters 240, 367, 369 and 371. If the Director revokes a certificate of rental registration, the owner may appeal the Director's action to the Board of Zoning Appeals, in writing within ten (10) days from the date of the Director's action. The Board may sustain, disapprove or modify the Director's action, and the Board's decision shall be final.
   (e)   Notice of Change in Owner's Information. An owner of a residential rental unit shall give notification of a change in the name, address, telephone number, and/or email address of a corporation, partnership or person listed on a certificate of rental registration under division (c)(2) through (c)(6) of this section to the Director within seven (7) days after the change occurs. If the owner fails to give written notification as required in this section, the Director may revoke the certificate of rental registration until the owner provides in writing the changed name, address, telephone number, and/or email address.
   In addition to revocation of the certificate of rental registration, whoever violates this division (e) shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). Each three (3) month period during which the violation continues is a separate offense.
(Ord. No. 747-2019. Passed 7-24-19, eff. 7-26-19)