On March 25, 2019, the RTM enacted sweeping amendments to the Town’s Recovery of Costs for Repeat Violations Ordinance.
In sum, the ordinance improves and streamlines the process by which the Town imposes on a property owner all of the costs incurred by the Police Department when responding to a property after the ordinance is applied to that property. The process begins with a written warning issued to the owner. If a court disposition arising from a subsequent police response to the property occurs within three years of the warning, the costs of the first warning visit, the visit resulting in the court disposition and all subsequent visits are billed to the owner of the property. The ordinance requires an itemized bill and limits the amount a property owner is liable for during the three year period.
The objectives of the ordinance are to create a deterrent mechanism to bad behavior, foster property owner and, in particular, landlord involvement in maintaining security on their properties and offset some of the significant expense incurred by the town for policing problem properties.
The First Selectman, Chief of Police and representatives from neighborhood associations, together with RTM sponsors, worked together to bring about these important changes.
Click here to read the amended ordinance.
Dated: April 16, 2019