1703.51  NOTICE TO OWNER.
   The Commissioner of Buildings shall examine or cause to be examined every building or structure or portion thereof reported as structurally dangerous, structurally damaged or constituting a fire hazard.  The Housing Manager shall examine or cause to be examined every building or structure or portion thereof reported to be unsanitary, not provided with adequate safe egress, dangerous to human life or one that constitutes a hazard to health or safety by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment.  The Commissioner of Buildings and/or the Housing Manager shall give to the owner of such building or structure written notice stating the defects thereof.  This notice shall require the owner, within a stated time, either to complete specified repairs or improvements or to demolish and remove the building or structure or portion thereof.
   Upon inspection, if the Housing Manager and/or the Commissioner of Buildings determines that any dwelling unit is:
      (1)   Structurally unsound and an immediate danger to life and property; or
      (2)   Lacking a vital utility service (gas, electric, water) that threatens the health of the occupant(s); or
      (3)   Unsanitary to the point where it threatens the safety, health and well being of any occupant.
   Then the unit shall be declared as UNFIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION.  The Housing Manager and/or Commissioner of Buildings shall cause the dwelling to be vacated of all occupants by properly serving notice to the owner per Section 1703.52.  In the event of the dwelling being occupied by a tenant, the tenant shall also be served notice per Section 1703.52.  The Housing Manager and/or Commissioner of Buildings shall have discretion as to the amount of time given, up to thirty days, for vacation of the structure.
(Ord. 201-1997.  Passed 10-6-97.)