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In this Article, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
Department means the Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Director means the Director of the Department or the Director’s designee.
Fit for occupancy means ready for immediate occupancy as a residence.
Occupied means the use of one’s dwelling as a residence on a regular basis.
Public nuisance has the same meaning as in Section 26-2.
Vacant dwelling means residential real property improved by a dwelling which is not occupied. A vacant dwelling includes a unit in a condominium. A dwelling is only a vacant dwelling if the Director determines that there is no resident for which an intent to return and occupy the dwelling can be shown. To determine whether a dwelling is vacant the Director must consider:
(1) past due utility notices and/or disconnected utilities;
(2) accumulated mail;
(3) no window covering;
(4) no furniture observable;
(5) open accessibility;
(6) deferred maintenance; and
(7) the dwelling is boarded up.