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(a) No person shall occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy any dwelling, dwelling unit, rooming house, or guest room which does not comply with the following minimum standards for safe and sanitary maintenance:
(1) Foundations, exterior walls and roofs. Every foundation, exterior wall and roof shall be substantially weather tight, watertight, and rodent-proof; shall be kept in sound condition and good repair; shall be capable of affording privacy; and shall be safe to use and capable of supporting the load which normal use may cause to be placed thereon.
(2) Floors, interior walls and ceiling. Every floor, interior wall and ceiling shall be substantially rodent-proof; and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair; and shall be safe to use and capable of supporting the load which normal use may cause to be placed thereon.
(3) Windows, exterior doors and basement hatchways. Every window, exterior door and basement or cellar door and hatchway shall be weather tight, watertight, and rodent-proof; and shall be kept in sound working condition and good repair.
(4) Stairways and porches. Every inside and outside stair, porch, and any appurtenance thereto shall be safe to use and capable of supporting the load that normal use may cause to be placed thereon; and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair.
(5) Plumbing fixtures. Every plumbing fixture and water and waste pipe shall be properly installed and maintained in good sanitary working condition, free from defects, leaks, and obstructions and in accordance with the City Building Code.
(6) Bathroom and kitchen floor surfaces. Every water closet compartment floor surface, bathroom floor surface, and kitchen floor surface shall be constructed and maintained so as to be substantially impervious to water and so as to permit such floor to be easily kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
(7) Drains. All rain water shall be so drained and conveyed from every roof so as not to cause dampness in the walls, ceiling or floors of any habitable room, or of any bathroom or water closet compartment.
(8) Exterior wood surfaces. All exterior wood surfaces shall be adequately protected from water seepage and against deterioration with a paint covering or some other suitable material.
(9) Walls, ceilings and interior woodwork. All walls, ceilings, interior woodwork, doors and windows shall be kept free from flaking, peeling or loose wall paper, paint or similar material.
(10) Maintenance of required equipment and utilities. Every supplied facility, piece of equipment or utility which is required under this Code and every chimney and smoke-pipe, shall be constructed and installed so that it will function safely and effectively, and shall be maintained in sound working condition.
(11) Cooking equipment. No owner, operator or occupant shall furnish or use any cooking equipment which does not comply with the following minimum standards:
A. Every piece of cooking equipment shall be so constructed and installed that it functions safely and effectively and shall be maintained in sound working condition.
B. Portable cooking equipment employing flame and cooking equipment using gasoline or kerosene as fuel for cooking are prohibited.
(12) Smoke alarms required. No owner shall let to another any rental unit or part thereof, during the time(s) that there is not at least one fully operable, properly installed and maintained and appropriately placed, smoke alarm on each and every floor of the individual rental unit (including basement).
(13) Removal of service, facility, utility or equipment. No owner, operator, or occupant shall cause any service, facility, equipment, or utility which is required under this Code to be removed from or shut off from or discontinued for any occupied dwelling let or occupied by him except for such temporary interruption as may be necessary while actual repairs or alterations are in process, or during temporary emergencies when discontinuance of service is approved by the Authorized Inspector.
(14) Occupancy of vacant dwelling. No owner shall occupy any vacant dwelling unit unless it is clean, sanitary, and fit for human occupancy.
A. Occupancy of vacant rental dwelling. No rentor/lessee or owner shall occupy any vacant dwelling unit unless it is inspected and an occupancy permit issued in accordance with Chapter 1385.
(15) Non-dwelling structures and fences. Every non-dwelling structure and fence shall be properly maintained and kept in good repair or shall be removed.
(Ord. 99-9773. Passed 3-12-99.)