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10-4-12: BUILDINGS UNFIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION; VACATED BUILDINGS 1 :
A. Determination And Declaration Of Unfit Building:
1. Any building, or portion thereof, which is damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe, vermin or rodent infested, or which lacks provision for basic illumination, ventilation or sanitary facilities to the extent that the defects create a hazard to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants or of the public may be declared unfit for human habitation. The compliance official shall order same vacated within a reasonable time and shall post a placard on same indicating that it is unfit for human habitation, and any operating license previously issued for such dwelling shall be revoked.
2. It shall be unlawful for such building or portion thereof to be used for human habitation until the defective conditions have been corrected and written approval has been issued by the compliance official. It shall be unlawful for any person to deface or remove the declaration from any such building.
B. Secure Unfit And Vacated Buildings: The owner of any building, or portion thereof, which has been declared unfit for human habitation, or which is otherwise vacant for a period of sixty (60) days or more, shall make same safe and secure so that it is not hazardous to the health, safety and welfare of the public and does not constitute a public nuisance. Any vacant building open at doors or windows, if unguarded, shall be deemed to be a hazard to the health, safety and welfare of the public and a public nuisance within the meaning of this chapter and shall be made safe and secure immediately.
C. Hazardous Building Declaration: In the event that a building has been declared unfit for human habitation and the owner has not remedied the defects within a prescribed reasonable time, the building may be declared a hazardous building and treated consistent with the provisions of Minnesota statutes. (Ord. 1998-1, 3-2-1998)
1. See section 5-1-7 of this code and chapter 6 of this title for demolition provisions.