NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- A new law in New Rochelle now requires all property owners that house three or more students to register that property on a newly-created website -- and they must do so by Friday, Sept. 30.
The city says the info gathered through the process will help it to create a student housing directory, help prevent overcrowding issues, mitigate negative impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and provide emergency contact information.
For the purposes of the law, a "student housing business" is a one-, two-, three- or multi-family dwelling that houses three or more students who are attending, registered for or on a semester or summer break from college.
Each property must be separately registered. Registration is effective through May 31 of the next year, and it has to be renewed every year, between June 1 and Sept. 30.
Register online here. There is no fee to register or renew, but penalties for not registering can be steep: a minimum fine of $250 per day, with a maximum fine of $2,500 for a first offense.Contact Business Ambassador Lisa Davis at 914-654-2189 or email@example.com with questions or for assistance with registration. You can also read a Q&A document about the process here.