1355.05  NOTICES AND ORDERS.
   (a)    Notice of Violation. Whenever the Code Official determines that there has been a violation of this Code or has grounds to believe that a violation has occurred, notice shall be given to the owner of the building, dwelling, structure or premises in the manner prescribed in this section.
   (b)    Form of Notice. Notices shall be in writing and shall contain the following information:
      (1)   A description of the real estate sufficient for identification;
      (2)   A statement outlining the violation(s); and
      (3)   A correction order allowing a reasonable time for the owner(s) to make the repairs and/or improvements required to bring the building, dwelling, structure or premises into compliance with the provisions of this Code.
   (c)   Method of Service. Notices shall be deemed properly served upon the owner by any of the following methods:
      (1)   Personal service;
      (2)    Registered or certified mail sent to the owner last known mailing address;
      (3)   Ordinary mail sent to the owner last known mailing address, evidenced by a certificate of mailing;
      (4)   Posting the notice in a conspicuous place in or about the premises which is the subject of the notice; or
      (5)   Publication of the notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the County. 
   (d)    Penalties.  Penalties for noncompliance with notices of violation and correction orders shall be as set forth in Section 1355.04
   (e)    Transfer of Ownership.  It shall be unlawful for the owner of any building, dwelling, structure or premises who has been served with a notice of violation and correction order to sell, transfer, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of such property to another, except under the following circumstances:
      (1)   The provisions of the correction order have been complied with; or
      (2)   The Code Official has been furnished with an affidavit from the grantee, transferee, mortgagee or lessee that:
         A.   Acknowledges receipt of a true copy of the notice of violation and correction order from the owner; and
         B.   States the grantee’s, transferee’s, mortgagee’s or lessee’s unconditional acceptance of the responsibility for making the corrections or repairs required by the correction order.
            (Ord. 04-36.  Passed 1-18-05.)