(A)   Scope and responsibility. The owner of the rental dwelling unit shall maintain such structures and exterior premises in compliance with the requirements of this section. A person shall not rent to another for occupancy or use premises which do not comply with this section.
   (B)   Premises conditions.
      (1)    Sanitation. All exterior premises shall be maintained in a safe condition and shall not be initially rented for occupancy unless in a sanitary condition as described by § 97.27.
      (2)    Grading and drainage. All exterior property shall be graded and maintained so as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water thereon.
   (C)   Structural conditions.
      (1)   Generally. The exterior of a building shall be structurally sound and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the health and safety of the occupants, neighbors or the general public, and so as to protect the occupants from the outside environment.
      (2)   Structural members. All supporting structural members of buildings shall be kept structurally sound, free of deterioration and maintained so as be capable of safely bearing the dead and live loads imposed upon them.
      (3)    Exterior surfaces. Every foundation exterior wall, roof and other exterior surface shall be maintained in a workmanlike state of maintenance and repair and shall be kept in such condition as to exclude rodents and birds.
      (4)    Foundation walls. All foundation walls shall be maintained so as to carry the safe design and operating dead and live loads.
      (5)    Exterior walls. Exterior walls shall be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timber and other conditions which might admit rain or dampness to the interior portion of the walls or to the occupied spaces of the building. All exterior surface materials, including wood, composition or metal siding, shall be maintained weatherproof and shall be properly surface coated, when required, to prevent deterioration such as by painting or similar surface treatment.
      (6)    Roofs. The roof shall be structurally sound, tight and shall not have defects which might admit rain. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent rain water from causing dampness in the walls or interior portion of the building.
      (7)    Chimneys. All chimneys and similar appurtenances shall be maintained structurally safe, sound and in good repair. All exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.
      (8)   Stairs and porches. Every stair, porch and balcony, and any appurtenance attached thereto, shall be constructed to be safe for use and capable of supporting the loads to which it is subjected and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair.
      (9)   Window and door frames. Every window, door and frame shall be constructed and maintained in such relation to the adjacent wall construction so as to exclude rain as completely as possible and to substantially exclude wind from entering the dwelling or structure.
      (10)    Weathertight. Windows and exterior doors shall be fitted reasonably in the frames and shall be weathertight. Weather stripping shall be used to exclude wind or rain from entering the dwelling or structure and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair.
(Ord. passed 10-13-98)  Penalty, see § 97.99