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SEC. 27-30.   REGISTRATION AND POSTING REQUIREMENTS; DEFENSES.
   (a)   The owner of a rental property located in the city commits an offense if he operates the rental property or otherwise allows a dwelling unit in a rental property to be occupied or leased without first submitting a rental registration application or annual renewal application that fully complies with Section 27-31 of this article.
   (b)   A condominium association commits an offense if it governs, operates, manages, or oversees a condominium or its common elements without first submitting a rental registration application or annual renewal application that fully complies with Section 27-31 of this article.
   (c)   A person commits an offense if he, as a landlord or property manager, allows a dwelling unit in a rental property to be occupied or leased without first submitting a rental registration application or annual renewal application that fully complies with Section 27-31 of this article.
   (d)   A person commits an offense if he, as an owner, landlord, or property manager of a multitenant property or condominium association, fails to post, in a conspicuous place in a common area of the property or as otherwise approved by the director:
      (1)   the certificate of inspection; and
      (2)   the property's score from its most recent graded inspection as well as an information sheet explaining how the graded inspection is scored. 
   (e)   A person commits an offense if he, as an owner, landlord, or property manager of a multitenant property, fails to provide each tenant, upon request, with a copy of the rules of the multitenant property.
   (f)   A person commits an offense if he, as an owner, landlord, or property manager of a multitenant property, operates that property or otherwise allows a dwelling unit in that property to be occupied or leased without employing a full-time manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the property, if the property has 60 or more units.
   (g)   It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:
      (1)   at the time of notice of a violation, no dwelling units in the rental property are leased or offered for lease and the owner of the rental property has filed with the director an exemption affidavit on a form provided by the director;
      (2)   at the time of notice of a violation, the owner of the single dwelling unit rental property had rented the property to tenants for a total of not more than 30 days during the preceding 12 months;
      (3)   at the time of notice of a violation, the only tenants living in the single dwelling unit rental property are individuals related to the owner by consanguinity or affinity;
      (4)   within the two years preceding the notice of violation or at the time of the notice of violation, the owner of a single dwelling unit rental property had a homestead exemption for the property
on file with the county appraisal district in which the rental property is located; or
      (5)   at the time of the notice of a violation:
         (A)   the property was a short-term rental; and
         (B)   applicable hotel occupancy taxes levied on the property under Article V of Chapter 44 of the city code, as amended, had been collected and remitted in full.  (Ord. Nos. 22205; 22695; 24481; 25522; 30236)