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(A) The Building Official shall respond to all complaints that a building is in violation of this subchapter by inspecting the building.
(B) After initially determining that a building is unsafe, the Building Official shall issue an initial notice of unsafe building to the owner of an interest in the building. The city will use its best efforts to determine the identity and address of any owner, lienholder or mortgagee of the building through a search of the following records:
(1) County real property records;
(2) Appraisal district records;
(3) Records of the Secretary of State;
(4) Assumed name records;
(5) Tax records of the city; and
(6) Utility records of the city.
(C) An initial notice of unsafe building will contain the following information:
(1) The street address of the building;
(2) A description of the conditions that make the building an unsafe building;
(3) A request that the building be vacated within ten days if it is occupied and cannot be repaired within that time;
(4) A request that the owner obtain a permit within ten days for the repair or demolition of the building; and
(5) A statement that the owner may request a public hearing on whether the building is unsafe by submitting a written request to the Building Official within ten days.
(D) (1) The initial notice will be given to the owner in one of the following ways:
(a) By personally serving the owner with a copy; or
(b) By certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the owner at the owner’s post office address.
(2) If personal service cannot be obtained and the owner’s post office address is unknown:
(a) By publishing the notice at least twice within a ten-day period in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the building is located; or
(b) By posting the notice on or near the front door of the building.
(2012 Code, § 18-226) (Ord. 150201, passed 2-10-2015)