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Any dwelling or rooming house unfit for human habitation is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and shall be repaired or demolished and debris removed from site as hereinbefore and hereinafter provided. The following criteria shall be used by Council in ordering repair or demolition.
(a) If the dwelling or rooming house unfit for human habitation or dangerous building can be repaired so that it will no longer exist in violation of the terms of this chapter or other ordinance of the City the owner shall repair it unless he elects to demolish it. In all cases where a dwelling or building or rooming house cannot be repaired, so that it will no longer exist in violation of the terms of this chapter, it shall be demolished.
(b) If after such notice and hearing, Council determines that the dwelling or rooming house under consideration is unfit for human habitation or that the building is dangerous, it shall state in writing its findings of fact in support of such determination, and shall issue and cause to be served upon the owner thereof an order in accordance with the terms of this chapter.
(c) If the owner fails to comply with an order of Council hereunder, the Zoning Inspector may cause such building to be repaired, altered or improved, or to be vacated or closed, and he may cause to be posted on a main entrance of the building so closed a plaque with the following words: "This Building is Unfit for Human Habitation. The Use or Occupation of This Building For Human Habitation is Prohibited and Unlawful."
(d) If the owner fails to comply with an order to demolish the building, the Zoning Inspector may cause such building to be demolished.
(e) The amount of costs of such repairs, alterations, or improvements, or vacating and closing and demolition by the Zoning Inspector, shall be a lien against the real property upon which the cost was incurred, with credit being allowed the owner for the proceeds, if any, received from the disposition of the building materials remaining where the dwelling is demolished. The Zoning Inspector may cause a claim for lien in a form approved by the Law Director, to be filed of record as an instrument relating to land titles.
(Ord. 87-69. Passed 11-5-87.)