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Housing Regulations


The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all buildings or any appurtenance connected or attached to such buildings located within the city including, but not limited to fences, driveways, private roads, sidewalks and swimming pools.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)


It shall be unlawful for any dwelling or dwelling unit within the city to be infested with rats, mice, roaches, or other pests, or infected with any contagious disease. Pest infestations which develop subsequent to the initiation of human occupancy within a dwelling unit shall be eradicated and all pests exterminated in accordance with the applicable regulations prescribed by the City Commission and the Director of the Jefferson County Department of Public Health.

(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)  Penalty, see § 150.999


Wild or undomesticated animals are prohibited.  No owner, occupant, or person having control or management or any land within the city shall permit or maintain on any premises or adjacent right‑of‑way as pets, or for profit, any livestock, poultry, ducks, fowl or wild or undomesticated animals.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)  Penalty, see § 150.999


(A)        Internal.

(1)                     The interior of every dwelling and dwelling unit, within the city, including habitable and nonhabitable rooms, halls, basements, cellars, attics, closets, and storage spaces shall be kept clean and free from accumulations of dirt, filth, rubbish, garbage, or similar matter and shall be kept from vermin and rodent infestation.

(2)                     The occupant or occupants shall have the responsibility for meeting the obligation created herein with respect to all interior areas within his or her or their exclusive control.

(B)        External.

(1)                     The exterior of every dwelling and dwelling unit, within all courts, yards, and conterminous property, shall be kept clean and free from accumulations of dirt, filth, leaves, rubbish, garbage, uncontained trash, scrap or abandoned building materials or similar matter, dead and decaying trees, stumps of trees previously felled, and shall be kept free from vermin and rodent infestation. The occupant or occupants shall have the responsibility for meeting the obligation created in this subsection with respect to exterior areas within his or her or their exclusive control.

(2)                     All dwellings, fences, gates and outbuildings or other structures in a dilapidated or unsafe condition shall be removed or repairs.  All sheds and auxiliary structures attached to dwellings which create blind rooms or which overcrowd the land shall be removed.  All year structures, fences, and rubbish which obstruct light and air, harbor rats and vermin, or create an undesirable environment shall be removed.  All courts, yards, and conterminous property around every dwelling or dwelling unit shall be properly graded and drained to keep surface water from draining into or beneath the dwelling or dwelling unit.  Water shall not be allowed to stand in drainless pools anywhere about the premises.

(3)                     No owner, occupant or person having control or management of any land within the city shall permit or maintain on any premises or adjacent rights‑of‑way any excessive growths of grass or wild or noxious weeds to a greater height than ten inches on the average; nor any accumulations of dead weeds, grass, brush, or leaves.

(4)                     Open or inadequately protected holes in the ground of sufficient size to risk injury to humans or pets are prohibited.

(5)                     Satellite dishes are prohibited.

(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90; Am. Ord. 93-01, passed 04-19-93) Penalty, see § 150.999


(A)        External maintenance.

  1. All foundations, exterior walls, floors, and roofs of every dwelling within the city shall be free of holes, large cracks, and any loose and deteriorated material, and shall be maintained so as to be weather-tight and rodent-proof.
  2. All exterior walls, woodwork, and exposed metal portions of every dwelling that are inadequately protected against the weather due to lack of paint, or other approved protective coating, shall be painted or otherwise protected against decay, corrosion, or deterioration.

(B)        Gutters and downspouts.

  1. All roofs of every dwelling shall be equipped with gutters and downspouts connected to an approved sewer or which ensure the storm water shall be disposed of on the property, in such manner as to not adversely affect the adjoining property.
  2. All gutters, downspouts, and connecting drains shall be kept free of the accumulation of material which would tend to impede or obstruct the normal flow of water therein.

(Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)


(A)        General obligations.  Except as specifically provided in other sections of this chapter, all the obligations set forth in this chapter are the responsibility of the owner, regardless of whether the owner is also the occupant of the property subject to this chapter.

(B)        Pest extermination.  Every owner of a dwelling containing more than one dwelling unit shall be responsible for the extermination of any insects, rats, or other pests therein or on the premises when the infestation extends to stairways, halls, basements, yards, or other common areas.

(C)        Nothing in this section shall be construed to eliminate the responsibility of an occupant, as provided in § 150.051 of this chapter, unless the infestation extend to two or more dwelling units within the building.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)


Every occupant of a dwelling within the city containing a single dwelling unit shall be responsible for the extermination of any insects, rats, or other pests therein or on the premises; and every occupant of a dwelling unit in multiple dwellings shall be responsible for the extermination if his dwelling unit is the only one infested.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)


(A)        When any dwelling or dwelling unit within the city becomes vacant and unoccupied, the owner thereof shall immediately cause it to be securely locked to prevent the entrance therein of unauthorized persons, and the owner shall keep such structure securely locked until it is again let for occupance.  If the dwelling or dwelling unit thereafter becomes open, so that any unauthorized person may enter, the owner shall cause the structure to be closed at all outside openings by securely covering all such openings with a type of covering approved by the Director of Building, in such a manner as to preclude entrance by unauthorized persons. Provided, however, one door facing the street may remain uncovered, so long as it shall be securely locked, to allow the owner or persons authorized by him or her to enter.

(B)        If any dwelling or dwelling unit is found to be vacant, unoccupied, and open so that it may be entered freely by unauthorized persons, the City Commission may order and direct the owner of the structure to close it securely in the manner provided for in division (A) of this section by delivering to the owner a written notice requiring him or her to securely close the structure within five days of the date of the notice.  The mailing of the notice to the owner at his last known address shall be deemed notice to him or her.  If the owner fails to complete the closing of any such dwelling or dwelling unit within the five-day period, the City Commission may, without further notice to the owner, cause the dwelling unit to be securely closed; and the cost of the closing shall be a lien against the property.

(C)        If the full amount of the cost of any closing carried out by the city Commission pursuant to division (B) of this section is not paid to the city by the owner within 30 days after the closing is completed, the city shall have prepared and cause to be signed and sworn to by the Director of Building an affidavit showing the cost and expense incurred for the work and the date, place, or property on which said work was done.  The affidavit shall be recorded in the office of the Jefferson County Clerk and shall constitute a lien upon the property, which shall remain in full force and effect for the amount due as principal, plus accrued interest at the rate of 8% per annum from the date of completion of the work, plus any court costs necessary for the collection thereof, until full payment is made.

All affidavits recorded in accordance with this section shall be prima facie evidence that all legal formalities have been complied with and that all the work involved has been properly and satisfactor8ily done; and this shall be full notice to all persons concerned that the amount of the statement, plus interest, constitutes a charge against the property designated and described therein and that the same is due and collectible as provided by law.  (Ord. 90-09, passed 12-17-90)