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(A) Permit required; application; issuance. No person shall operate a rooming house unless he holds a valid rooming house permit issued by the Director of Health in the name of the operator and for the specific dwelling or dwelling unit. The operator shall apply to the Director of Health for the permit, which shall be issued by the Director of Health upon compliance by the operator with the applicable provisions of this chapter.
(B) Display; nontransferable; notice of change of ownership; term; fee. The permit required by division (A) of this section shall be displayed in a conspicuous place within the rooming house at all times. No such permit shall be transferable. Every person or entity holding such a permit shall give notice in writing to the Director of Health within 24 hours after having sold, transferred, given away or otherwise disposed of ownership of, interest in or control of any rooming house. The notice shall include the name and address of the person succeeding to the ownership or control of the rooming house. Every rooming house permit shall expire on January 31 following its date of issuance, unless sooner suspended or revoked as hereinafter provided. The fee for the license shall be set forth in the schedule of fees and charges attached to the annual budget of the city, pursuant to § 41.11 of the code.
(C) Appeal from denial of issuance. Any person whose application for a permit to operate a rooming house has been denied may request in writing and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Housing Code Appeals Board under the procedure provided in §§ 154.161 through 154.164 for the hearing of petitions relating to notices.
(D) Suspension or revocation. Whatever upon inspection of any rooming house the Director of Health finds that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this chapter, the Director of Health shall give notice in writing to the operator of the rooming house that unless the conditions or practices are corrected within 30 days, the operator's rooming house permit will be suspended. At the end of the period, the Director of Health shall reinspect the rooming house, and if he finds that such conditions or practices have not been corrected, he shall give notice in writing to the operator that the latter's permit has been suspended. Upon receipt of notice of suspension, the operator shall immediately cease operation of the rooming house, and no person shall occupy for sleeping or living purposes any rooming unit herein.
(E) Appeals from suspension. Any person whose permit to operate a rooming house has been suspended, or who has received notice from the Director of Health that his permit is to be suspended unless existing conditions or practices at his rooming house are corrected, may request in writing and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Housing Code Board of Appeals under the procedure provided by §§ 154.161 through 154.164 provided that if no petition for the hearing is filed within 15 days following the date on which the permit was suspended, the permit shall be deemed to have been automatically revoked.
(1967 Code, §§ 9-57—9-61) (Ord. passed 12-20-1971; Ord. passed 11-30-1989; Ord. passed 5-19-2003) Penalty, see § 10.99