(A)   Pursuant to G.S. § 160A-441, it is hereby found and declared that there exist in the town dwellings which are unfit for human habitation due to dilapidation, defects increasing the hazards of fire, accidents and other calamities, lack of ventilation, light and sanitary facilities, and due to other conditions rendering such dwellings unsafe and unsanitary, and dangerous and detrimental to the health, safety and morals and otherwise inimical to the welfare of the residents of the town.
   (B)   In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the town, as authorized by G.S. Ch. 160A, Art. 19, Part 6, it is the purpose of this chapter to establish minimum standards of fitness for the initial and continued occupancy of all buildings used for human habitation, as expressly authorized by G.S. § 160A-444.
   (C)   (1)   In addition, it is hereby found and declared, under the authority of G.S. § 160A-174, that there exist in the town dwellings which, although not meeting the classification as unfit for human habitation, fail to fully comply with all the minimum standards for housing fitness as established herein and, therefore, have present one or more conditions which are inimical to the public health, safety and general welfare.
      (2)   Such conditions, if not corrected can lead to deterioration and dilapidation of dwellings which render them unfit for human habitation.
(Ord. 05-6, passed 4-12-2005)