SECTION 1. Chapter 40U of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 8, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 8. Every officer and inspector who takes notice of a violation of a rule, regulation, order, ordinance or by-law regulating the housing, sanitary or snow and ice removal requirement shall provide the offender with written notice to appear before the municipal hearing officer or the hearings officer’s designee during regular office hours not later than 21 days after the date of the violation.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 40U is hereby further amended by striking section 9, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 9. The written notice of any violation shall either be affixed securely to the property or building or mailed promptly to the owner of the property or building via regular mail or, for a property or building with an onsite professionally-managed property office, mailed promptly via regular mail or delivered to the office during normal business hours. The written notice of the violation shall contain, but shall not be limited, to: the date, time and place of the violation, the specific violation charged, the name and badge number of the officer or inspector and his division, a schedule of payment for established fines and instructions for return of the notice of violation.
SECTION 3. Said chapter 40U is hereby further amended by striking section 10, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 10. Within 3 business days after completion of each shift, the officer or inspector shall retain and preserve copies, in either written or electronic form, of each notice of a violation issued during the shift and deliver those copies to the municipal hearing officer. The municipal hearing officer shall maintain a docket of all notices.
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