Unsafe Buildings

1341.01 Board of Examiners of Insecure Buildings.
1341.02 Notice to owner; appeal.
1341.03 Assessment or suit.
1341.99 Penalty.


Removal of unsafe structures - see Ohio R.C. 715.26(B), 715.261
Public buildings to be safe - see Ohio R.C. 3781.06
Housing Code - see BLDG. Ch. 1361

There is hereby established a Board of Examiners of Insecure Buildings, which Board shall consist of the Zoning Inspector, the Fire Chief and the Director of Public Safety.
(Ord. 467. Passed 1-16-69.)


(a) Whenever the Board of Examiners is informed that any building or structure, erected or being erected, is insecure, unsafe or in a condition to endanger the lives of persons passing by or residing in the vicinity thereof, or to endanger property it shall forthwith proceed to have made a survey or examination of such building or structure. If it appears that the building is insecure, unsafe or in a condition to endanger lives or property as aforesaid, the Board shall order the owner thereof, or his agent, to be notified in writing to have the same removed, taken down or otherwise properly secured, within a certain specified time from the date of the order, such period not to be less than thirty days nor more than ninety days. If such owner or agent cannot be found within the City then the notice shall be sent by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the owner or agent and a copy of such notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises. However, the owner of the property in question, or his agent, may, within ten days from the date of the order, appeal to the Board to reconsider its original action.

(b) Upon the filing of such an appeal the Board shall immediately proceed to hear the owner or his agent, and such pertinent evidence as they may present, and upon consideration thereof, the Board may affirm, modify, amend or vacate its original order.

(c) Should the owner or his agent fail to comply with such order prior to the expiration of the time therein provided, the Board shall proceed forthwith to have such building or structure, or so much thereof as may be necessary, secured or demolished for the safety of persons or property as the case may be.
(Ord. 982. Passed 11-20-80.)

When a building or structure is demolished or secured by the Board of Examiners, the cost shall, in the first instance, be paid by the City out of the General Fund, upon a proper requisition for the amount signed by the Board of Examiners, and the Auditor, upon the certificate of the Board, shall make out bills for the cost of securing or demolishing such building or structure or any part thereof, against the owner or agent thereof. If such bills are not paid upon presentation by the Auditor or within ten days thereafter, the Law Director shall forthwith institute suit for the same as in case of other debts due the City. The amount of such bills shall be a first lien on the property until the same is paid, and when paid the amount shall be credited to the General Fund.
(Ord. 374. Passed 4-26-04.)

1341.99 PENALTY.
Whoever fails to comply with an order of the Board of Examiners, shall be fined not more than fifty dollars ($50.00). Each day that the order is not carried out, following the expiration of the time provided in the original order, shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
(Ord. 1957. Passed 5-19-45.)

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