Multiple landlords in Massena facing possible nuisance law violations, village officials say
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:02 am

MASSENA -- Village officials are pursuing nuisance law violations against three landlords.

Mayor James Hidy says properties at Sycamore Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Liberty and Sycamore avenues and 53 Pine St. are not up to code, despite being occupied by tenants.

"We've given them plenty of time to comply … we're not going to deal with it anymore," Hidy said. "People in those neighborhoods have a right to quality of life." It also outlines a property owner's duties to keep their buildings from falling into disrepair.

He said if the landlords don't clean up and repair their properties, they could be charged up to $1,000 per day. The village can also go in and bring the properties up to code, then bill the owner, the nuisance code says.

The nuisance section of the village code includes provisions restricting junk, garbage, uncut grass and brush and "whatever is dangerous to human life and health."