Minimum Housing Ordinance
Why do I have to have a minimum housing code inspection? To insure the safety and welfare of City residents by making sure housing is fit for human habitation.
When is a minimum housing code inspection required? When a change of occupancy occurs, a minimum housing inspection is required before the structure can be inhabited. This includes all rental units.
What is the minimum housing code inspector looking for? The use of space, lighting and ventilation, exits, plumbing, heating, electricity, structural requirements, property maintenance, dilapidation and defects increasing the hazards of fire, accidents or other calamities, as well as possible conditions that would render a house unsafe, unsanitary, dangerous or detrimental to the health, safety, morals or otherwise inimical to the welfare of the residents of the city and its area of jurisdiction.
What if the house does not meet the minimum housing code?
If any dwelling is in violation of the Minimum Housing Code Ordinance the inspector may institute any appropriate action or proceeding to prevent the unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration or use, to restrain, correct or abate the violation, to prevent the occupancy of the dwelling or to prevent any illegal act, conduct or use in or about the premises of the dwelling.
Repairs/Rehabilitations will have to be completed or a structure will be boarded up and vacated. The structure can be repaired during the boarded period; however if no repairs are made the structure can be demolished with demolition costs liened to the property owner.