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New Legislation Mandates Minimum Fines For Building Code Violations

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A new law from Syracuse-area State Senator Rachel May will strengthen code violation penalties.

The bill will impose more serious fines for people who repeatedly violate the uniform building code. The goal is to get municipalities to address in a more timely manner.

Courts can levy fines up to $1,000 per day for a violation, but they are sometimes as low as a cent. This new legislation creates a minimum fine: $25 a day after 180 days and $50 a day after 360 days of an uncured violation. The maximum violation will still be $1,000 a day.

“This legislation has the teeth to hold repeat offenders accountable for their bad management practices by implementing increasing fines for failure to fix existing issues in their current properties,” said May.

This law will go into effect on March 3rd, 2022.