A. It shall be unlawful for any person to occupy or for any owner or agent thereof to permit the occupation of any Rental, or addition thereto, or part thereof, for any purpose until a certificate of occupancy has been issued by the Mayor or his/her designate. Every owner, agent or manager of any Rental, or addition thereto, shall inform the Mayor or his/her designate whenever any portion of such Rental therein becomes vacant and request an inspection thereof under the provisions of this Article, except that no inspection will be required if the Rental has been inspected within twenty-four (24) months of the date of the request. The certificate of occupancy so issued shall state that the occupancy complies with all the provisions of this Article. This Article shall not apply to any occupancy in existence on March 1, 2018, until a vacancy in the rental unit occurs. If a rental unit is occupied before a certificate of occupancy is issued, an inspection fee in double the amount established by ordinance will be required. If a landlord allows more than one (1) violation of permitting occupancy prior to issues of an occupancy certificate within a one-year period, then a summons to appear in municipal court will be issued.
B. The occupancy certificate will be issued for each Rental or portion thereof, occupied. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly make any false statement in his application for an occupancy certificate as to the names, ages, relationship or number of occupants who will occupy the premises.
C. Effective March 1, 2018, the Code Enforcement Officer shall keep a registry of all rental properties in the Town of Carrollton, and each property owner who owns rental property as described in this Article shall provide to the Code Enforcement Officer the property owner's name and mailing address, and the address for each rental property owned by the property owner.