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Landlord files suit over
city housing law

By TYRONE L. HEPPARD
Staff Reporter
theppard@cortlandstandardnews.net

Landlord Gerry Ruggiero is filing a lawsuit against the city after what he says is capricious and arbitrary enforcement of its three-unrelated law as it applies to non-compliant properties being exempt from the legislation.
In 1978, the city passed zoning ordinances restricting the occupancy of a rental dwelling to no more than three unrelated people, but in 2003, the constitutionality of the law was challenged and it was subsequently repealed and revised, with the revised law adopted.
Ruggiero says in his suit that he believes the city has used both the 1978 and 2003 dates interchangeably, giving immunity to certain landlords while prosecuting others.

 

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