New Hope Council, at a public meeting held on July 12, 2006, adopted Ordinance No. 2006-08, establishing regulations governing the rental of dwelling units within the Borough. The ordinance defines a dwelling unit as “…any room or group of rooms or any part thereof located within a building containing habitable space and forming a single housekeeping unit with facilities which are used or designed to be used for living, sleeping, cooking, and eating for a single family or the functional equivalent thereof.”
Ordinance No. 2006-08 provides a means to determine the number of occupants who may reside in a particular dwelling unit in relation to the unit's gross floor area, requires the licensing of rented dwelling units, and allows for inspection of such units, as necessary, to determine compliance.
The ordinance prohibits a landlord, owner or a tenant of a dwelling unit from allowing a greater number of people to rent or occupy a dwelling unit than the permitted maximum number of tenants listed in the Landlord Registration Statement and License. In addition, tenants are obligated to notify landlords of any increase in the number of tenants within ten (10) days of the arrival of a new tenant. Fines for violations range from $300 to a maximum of $1,000.
The cost of the annual License is $25 per building, which includes a maximum of 1 rental unit per building, plus $10 for each additional rental unit over 1.