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West Seneca accepting comments on landlord licensing law for 2 weeks

Several West Seneca residents on Thursday endorsed a landlord licensing law being considered by the Town Board.

"This law is exactly what is needed," said Pat Metz of Jasmine Avenue told board members at a public hearing on the proposal. A couple landlords asked questions, and District Attorney John J. Flynn spoke in support of the law.

The law is aimed at controlling properties, particularly those owned by absentee landlords, where there are numerous police calls for nuisance and criminal activities, such as illegal drugs, domestic violence, noise and animal issues. The law would require landlords of non-owner occupied properties to register with the town. They would be required to keep the names and phone numbers of their tenants, and to turn those numbers over to police when asked.

Town Board members said they will accept comments for two weeks.

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