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SCOPE OF HOUSING REGULATIONS.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all
buildings or any appurtenance connected or attached to such buildings
located within the city including, but not limited to fences, driveways,
private roads, sidewalks and swimming pools.
(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)
§ 150.046 PEST INFESTATIONS AND EXTERMINATION.
It shall be unlawful for any dwelling or dwelling
unit within the city to be infested with rats, mice, roaches, or other
pests, or infected with any contagious disease.
Pest infestations which develop subsequent to the initiation of
human occupancy within a dwelling unit shall be eradicated and all pests
exterminated in accordance with the applicable regulations prescribed by
the City Commission and the Director of the Jefferson County Department of
90-09, passed 12-17-90) Penalty,
see § 150.999
WILD OR UNDOMESTICATED ANIMALS.
Wild or undomesticated animals are prohibited.
No owner, occupant, or person having control or management or any
land within the city shall permit or maintain on any premises or adjacent
right‑of‑way as pets, or for profit, any livestock, poultry,
ducks, fowl or wild or undomesticated animals.
(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)
Penalty, see § 150.999
The interior of every dwelling and dwelling unit, within the city,
including habitable and nonhabitable rooms, halls, basements, cellars,
attics, closets, and storage spaces shall be kept clean and free from
accumulations of dirt, filth, rubbish, garbage, or similar matter and
shall be kept from vermin and rodent infestation.
The occupant or occupants shall have the responsibility for meeting
the obligation created herein with respect to all interior areas within
his or her or their exclusive control.
exterior of every dwelling and dwelling unit, within all courts, yards,
and conterminous property, shall be kept clean and free from accumulations
of dirt, filth, leaves, rubbish, garbage, uncontained trash, scrap or
abandoned building materials or similar matter, dead and decaying trees,
stumps of trees previously felled, and shall be kept free from vermin and
rodent infestation. The
occupant or occupants shall have the responsibility for meeting the
obligation created in this subsection with respect to exterior areas
within his or her or their exclusive control.
dwellings, fences, gates and outbuildings or other structures in a
dilapidated or unsafe condition shall be removed or repairs. All sheds and auxiliary structures attached to dwellings
which create blind rooms or which overcrowd the land shall be removed.
All year structures, fences, and rubbish which obstruct light and
air, harbor rats and vermin, or create an undesirable environment shall be
removed. All courts, yards,
and conterminous property around every dwelling or dwelling unit shall be
properly graded and drained to keep surface water from draining into or
beneath the dwelling or dwelling unit.
Water shall not be allowed to stand in drainless pools anywhere
about the premises.
owner, occupant or person having control or management of any land within
the city shall permit or maintain on any premises or adjacent
rights‑of‑way any excessive growths of grass or wild or
noxious weeds to a greater height than ten inches on the average; nor any
accumulations of dead weeds, grass, brush, or leaves.
or inadequately protected holes in the ground of sufficient size to risk
injury to humans or pets are prohibited.
dishes are prohibited.
90-09, passed 12-17-90; Am. Ord. 93-01, passed 04-19-93) Penalty, see §
EXTERNAL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
All foundations, exterior walls, floors, and roofs of every
dwelling within the city shall be free of holes, large cracks, and any
loose and deteriorated material, and shall be maintained so as to be
weather-tight and rodent-proof.
All exterior walls, woodwork, and exposed metal portions of
dwelling that are inadequately protected against the weather due to lack
of paint, or other approved protective coating, shall be painted or
otherwise protected against decay, corrosion, or deterioration.
All roofs of every dwelling shall be equipped with gutters and
downspouts connected to an approved sewer or which ensure the storm water
shall be disposed of on the property, in such manner as to not adversely
affect the adjoining property.
All gutters, downspouts, and connecting drains shall be kept free
of the accumulation of material which would tend to impede or obstruct the
normal flow of water therein.
(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF OWNER OR LANDLORD.
obligations. Except as specifically provided in other sections of this
chapter, all the obligations set forth in this chapter are the
responsibility of the owner, regardless of whether the owner is also the
occupant of the property subject to this chapter.
extermination. Every owner of a dwelling containing more than one dwelling
unit shall be responsible for the extermination of any insects, rats, or
other pests therein or on the premises when the infestation extends to
stairways, halls, basements, yards, or other common areas.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to eliminate the
responsibility of an occupant, as provided in § 150.051 of this chapter,
unless the infestation extend to two or more dwelling units within the
building. (Ord. 90-09, passed
RESPONSIBILITIES OF OCCUPANTS.
Every occupant of a dwelling within the city
containing a single dwelling unit shall be responsible for the
extermination of any insects, rats, or other pests therein or on the
premises; and every occupant of a dwelling unit in multiple dwellings
shall be responsible for the extermination if his dwelling unit is the
only one infested. (Ord.
90-09, passed 12-17-90)
VACANT DWELLINGS; PROCEDURE FOR SECURING.
When any dwelling or dwelling unit within the city becomes vacant
and unoccupied, the owner thereof shall immediately cause it to be
securely locked to prevent the entrance therein of unauthorized persons,
and the owner shall keep such structure securely locked until it is again
let for occupance. If the
dwelling or dwelling unit thereafter becomes open, so that any
unauthorized person may enter, the owner shall cause the structure to be
closed at all outside openings by securely covering all such openings with
a type of covering approved by the Director of Building, in such a manner
as to preclude entrance by unauthorized persons.
Provided, however, one door facing the street may remain uncovered,
so long as it shall be securely locked, to allow the owner or persons
authorized by him or her to enter.
If any dwelling or dwelling unit is found to be vacant, unoccupied,
and open so that it may be entered freely by unauthorized persons, the
City Commission may order and direct the owner of the structure to close
it securely in the manner provided for in division (A) of this section by
delivering to the owner a written notice requiring him or her to securely
close the structure within five days of the date of the notice.
The mailing of the notice to the owner at his last known address
shall be deemed notice to him or her.
If the owner fails to complete the closing of any such dwelling or
dwelling unit within the five-day period, the City Commission may, without
further notice to the owner, cause the dwelling unit to be securely
closed; and the cost of the closing shall be a lien against the property.
If the full amount of the cost of any closing carried out by the
city Commission pursuant to division (B) of this section is not paid to
the city by the owner within 30 days after the closing is completed, the
city shall have prepared and cause to be signed and sworn to by the
Director of Building an affidavit showing the cost and expense incurred
for the work and the date, place, or property on which said work was done.
The affidavit shall be recorded in the office of the Jefferson
County Clerk and shall constitute a lien upon the property, which shall
remain in full force and effect for the amount due as principal, plus
accrued interest at the rate of 8% per annum from the date of completion
of the work, plus any court costs necessary for the collection thereof,
until full payment is made.
affidavits recorded in accordance with this section shall be prima facie
evidence that all legal formalities have been complied with and that all
the work involved has been properly and satisfactor8ily done; and this
shall be full notice to all persons concerned that the amount of the
statement, plus interest, constitutes a charge against the property
designated and described therein and that the same is due and collectible
as provided by law. (Ord.
90-09, passed 12-17-90)