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For the purpose of this chapter, words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
(a) "Evidence of vacancy" is any condition that on its own or combined with other conditions present would lead a reasonable person to believe the building is vacant. Such conditions include but are not limited to: significantly below standard utility usage, overgrown and/or dead vegetation, accumulation of newspapers, circulars, flyers, and/or mail, accumulation of trash, junk, and/or debris, broken or boarded up windows, abandoned vehicles, auto parts or materials, the absence of window coverings, such as blinds, and/or shutters, the absence of furnishings or items consistent with occupation, statements by authorities that the structure is vacant or unfit for human inhabitants.
(b) "Ground floor" means the floor of the building that is level with the ground and has access to the street.
(c) "Owner" means any person, in whose name the building is titled, and any person, agent, servicing company, firm, third party, financial institution or bank that has an interest in the property as a result of an assignment, sale, mortgage, transfer of mortgage, foreclosure or similar instrument or having an agreement with any one of the above for purpose of securing and/or managing the building.
(d) "Unoccupied" means a building which is not being used for the occupancy authorized by the zoning use permit.
(e) "Vacant building" shall be defined for the purpose of this section, as a building in the B-3 Zoning District as designated by the Codified Ordinances of Lisbon in which the ground floor is not legally occupied by its owner, lessee or other persons in lawful possession, or at which substantially all lawful business operations have ceased.
(Ord. 2017-2013. Passed 2-13-2018.)