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The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) is a model code that regulates the minimum maintenance requirements for existing commercial and residential structures and premises.
The IPMC requires that owners, and in some cases tenants, maintain their property and all structures on the property in good repair and in compliance with minimum standards. The goal of the city’s enforcement efforts is to bring properties into voluntary compliance, remove blight, stabilize property values, improve livability and reduce crimes fostered by neglected properties. In general, improve the quality of life for citizens.
Enforcement will begin in late March 2019 and will be city-wide.
The most common violations will most likely be:
No, property owners are responsible to make these types of repairs and will receive notice from the city to do so. Tenants are held responsible for keeping the property free of junk, trash and debris, maintaining grass and weeds at a height of 12” or less and a variety of other non-structural compliance requirements.
The Code Officer’s goal will always be to obtain voluntary compliance from every property owner. A reasonable time for compliance based on the type of violation and scope of the repair will always be granted. Extenuating circumstances such as bad weather will also be considered in granting extensions. The Code Officer will expect to see a good-faith effort toward compliance.
Although the city seeks voluntary compliance, in some instances the city is forced to take other enforcement action to reach compliance. This may include the issuance of citations which are prosecuted through the Municipal Court. The city may also take action to abate the violations by hiring contractors to make needed repairs. In those instances, the property owner would be billed for the work including a 20% administrative fee. If payment is not made to the city, a lien would be recorded in the deed records against the property.
Property owners may qualify for assistance with repairs. Information about assistance is provided through the Housing and Community Development Department.
Call or email the officer on the notice and provide your name, address of violation and contact information. The officer will talk to you about your specific violation.