§ 96.157  VIOLATION.
   (A)   Failure to register any or all real property utilized as rental housing shall constitute a violation of this subchapter and shall subject the owner to a fine not to exceed $2,500 per unit.  Each day of the violation shall constitute a separate and actionable offense. Initial registration is required within 30 days of the effective date of Ord. 8327 or within 30 days of acquiring rental housing real property.
   (B)   Failure to continuously display or to remove the registration sticker shall constitute a violation of this subchapter and shall subject the owner or tenant to a fine not to exceed $100 per unit.  Each day of the violation shall constitute a separate and actionable offense.  It shall be a defense for the owner to provide evidence of his or her compliance with this requirement.
   (C)   Occupancy by more persons than the maximum allowed in a rental dwelling or rooming unit shall constitute a violation of this subchapter and shall subject the owner or tenant to a fine not to exceed $100 per unit.  Each day of the violation shall constitute a separate and actionable offense. It shall be a defense for the owner if the owner provides a written lease which sets out the names and number of occupants of a rental dwelling or rooming unit.
   (D)   The inspectors of the Fire Department and the Hammond Code Enforcement Officers are authorized to enforce all provisions regarding rental property registration.
(Prior Code, § 96.97)  (Ord. 8327, passed 1-15-2001; Am. Ord. 8435, passed 7-22-2002; Am. Ord. 8569, passed 5-24-2004)