PART SEVENTEEN - PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE
            Chap. 1701.  General Provisions.
            Chap. 1703.  Definitions.
            Chap. 1705.  Administration, Enforcement and Penalty.
            Chap. 1707.  Basic Standards for Property Maintenance.
            Chap. 1709.  Additional Standards for Multiple Dwellings.
            Chap. 1713.  Multiple Dwelling Registration.
            Chap. 1715.  Vacant Properties.
            Chap. 1717.  Family Homes.
            Chap. 1719.  Fair Housing.
            Chap. 1721.  Smoke Detectors.
            Chap. 1723.  Elimination of Spot Blight.
            Chap. 1725.  Foreclosed Properties.
            Chap. 1729.  Short-Term Rentals.
CHAPTER 1701
General Provisions
1701.01   Title.
1701.02   Purpose.
1701.03   Scope.
1701.04   Existing buildings.
1701.05   Conflicts of laws.
1701.06   Separability.
1701.07   Legal and equitable remedies.
1701.08   Danger to health, safety, morals or welfare.
1701.09   Fair housing.
   CROSS REFERENCES
   Division of Buildings - see ADM. Ch. 147
   Bureau of Housing Inspection - see ADM. 147.02
   Housing Council and Housing Officer - see ADM. Ch. 162
   Reporting tenant residency to Division of Taxation - see ADM. 183.71
   Pigeons - see GEN. OFF. 618.28
   Offenses relating to property - see GEN. OFF. Ch. 642
   Safety, sanitation and health - see GEN. OFF. Ch. 660
   Trailer homes - see GEN. OFF. Ch. 670
   Exterminating and fumigating - see BUS. REG. Ch. 727
   Use, height and area regulations - see P. & Z. Ch. 1181 et seq.
   Fire prevention - see Part Thirteen - Fire Prevention Code
   Building, electrical, heating, ventilating and plumbing regulations - see Part Fifteen - Building Code
   Community reinvestment areas - see BLDG. Ch. 1524
1701.01   TITLE. 
   The provisions of Part Seventeen of these Codified Ordinances shall be known and referred to as "The Property Maintenance Code of the City of Parma" or "The Property Maintenance Code" and shall be referred to throughout this Part Seventeen as "this Code". 
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.02   PURPOSE.
   (a)   Within the scope of this Code, as hereinafter set forth, the purpose of this Code is to establish minimum standards necessary to make all residential and nonresidential structures safe, sanitary, free from fire and health hazards, fit for human habitation and beneficial to the public welfare; to establish minimum standards governing the maintenance of structures in such condition as will not constitute a blighting or deteriorating influence on the neighborhood and the community; to protect property values and to maintain the character and appearance of the community and the neighborhoods within the community; to fix responsibilities on owners and occupants of structures with respect to sanitation, repair and maintenance; to establish additional standards for multiple dwellings; to authorize the inspection of structures; to establish enforcement procedures; to authorize the vacation or condemnation of structures unsafe or unfit for human habitation; and to affix penalties for violations.
   (b)   Violation of any of the provisions of this code, unless otherwise noted, shall be a strict liability offense.
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96; Ord. 185-10.  Passed 7-6-10.)
1701.03   SCOPE. 
   The provisions of this Code shall be supplementary to all other provisions of the ordinances of the City relating to the construction, use and maintenance of buildings and shall apply to all buildings or portions thereof.
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.04   EXISTING BUILDINGS.
   Existing buildings or portions thereof presently used for residential or nonresidential purposes may continue to be occupied for residential or nonresidential purposes if: 
   (a)   The building complies with the provisions of this Code, except as to any variance heretofore specifically granted by the City; and 
   (b)   The use and occupancy of the building is not in violation of any of the provisions of the ordinances of the City and applicable statutes of the State, including any rules and regulations adopted pursuant to such ordinances or statutes. 
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.05   CONFLICTS OF LAWS. 
   In the event of conflict between any provision of this Code, including any rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this Code, and any provision of the ordinances of the City, including any rules and regulations adopted pursuant to such ordinances, the more restrictive provision shall prevail. 
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.06   SEPARABILITY. 
   Sections and subsections of this Code and the several parts and provisions thereof are hereby declared to be independent sections, subsections, parts and provisions, and the holding of any such section, subsection, part or provision thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not affect nor render invalid any other such section, subsection, part or provision thereof. 
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.07   LEGAL AND EQUITABLE REMEDIES.
   The imposition of any penalty, as provided for in this Code, shall not preclude the Law Director from instituting an appropriate action or proceeding in a court of proper jurisdiction to prevent an unlawful repair or maintenance, to restrain, correct or abate a violation, to prevent the occupancy of a building, structure or premises, or to require compliance with the provisions of this Code or other applicable laws, ordinances, rules or regulations, or the orders or determinations of the Code Official, the Mayor, the Board of Housing Appeals or the Board of Zoning Appeals. 
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.08   DANGER TO HEALTH, SAFETY, MORALS OR WELFARE. 
   The failure of any building to conform to the requirements of this Code shall be deemed to be an imminent threat to the health, safety, morals or welfare of the inhabitants of the City. 
(Ord. 53-68.  Passed 7-22-69; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)
1701.09   FAIR HOUSING. 
   The City hereby affirms it to be the right of all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or handicap, to seek residency and to reside in the City, and it shall be the policy of the City to welcome such persons, and this right shall be protected by the City in cooperation with governmental and private housing agencies. 
(Res. 227-83.  Passed 12-27-83; Ord. 389-94.  Passed 5-6-96.)