When an occupied building or structure is found to have violations rendering it unfit for human occupancy, a code enforcement officer may post the property and order it vacated, which requires all inhabitants to find other lodging. There are many different conditions that may cause a property to be vacated; these are merely some of the most common:
- Raw sewage standing in the basement;
- Electrical system is unsafe;
- Heat is not supplied to every habitable room in the winter;
- No running water;
- At risk of collapsing;
- Interior of dwelling is unsanitary.
Work access permits will need to be obtained by the property owner or their designated agent in order to make the repairs. Access to the property will not be granted until a work access permit has been issued. Permits are available from your Neighborhood Preservation inspector at 4900 Swope Parkway, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When the code violations listed on the order to vacate notice have been corrected, the property owner may request a Certificate of Reoccupancy letter from the Neighborhood Preservation Division. This allows for the Order to Vacate signs to be removed from the property so it can be inhabited once more.