Borough of Mount Oliver, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Mount Oliver 1-19-1990 as Ord. No. 745. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction and maintenance codes — See Ch. 87.
Nuisances — See Ch. 159.

§ 79-1 Establishment of procedure.

The designation of dwellings or dwelling units as unfit for human habitation and the procedure for the condemnation and placarding of such unfit dwellings or dwelling units or structures shall be carried out in compliance with the following requirements.

§ 79-2 Conditions for designation and placarding of an unfit dwelling.

Any dwelling or dwelling unit which shall be found to have any of the following defects shall be condemned as unfit for human habitation and shall be so designated and placarded by the Borough Building Inspector, Engineer and Fire Prevention Officer:
A. 
One which is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, unsanitary, unsafe or vermin-infested that it creates a serious hazard to the health or safety of the occupants or the public.
B. 
One which lacks illumination, ventilation or sanitation facilities adequate to protect the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.
C. 
One which, because of its general condition or location, is unsanitary or otherwise dangerous to the health or safety of the occupants or to the public.

§ 79-3 Vacation and removal of unfit dwelling.

Any dwelling or dwelling unit or other structure condemned as unfit for human habitation or use and so designated and placarded by the Borough Building Inspector, Engineer and Fire Prevention Officer shall be vacated within a reasonable time as ordered by the Borough Building Inspector and may be removed in whole or part by the Borough of Mount Oliver, its employees, agents or representations.

§ 79-4 Removal of placard upon elimination of defect.

No dwelling or dwelling unit or other structure which has been condemned and placarded as unfit for human habitation or use shall again be used for human habitation or use until written approval is secured from, and such placard is removed by, the Borough Building Inspector, Engineer and Fire Prevention Officer. The Borough Building Inspector shall remove such placard whenever the defect or defects upon which the condemnation and placarding action were based have been eliminated.

§ 79-5 Violations and penalties. [1]

No person shall deface or remove the placard from any dwelling or dwelling unit or other structure which has been condemned as unfit for human habitation and placarded as such, except as provided in § 79-4 of this chapter. Any violation of this section shall subject the offender to a fine in an amount not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.) plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of said fine or costs, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 79-6 Right to hearing.

Any person affected by any notice or order relating to the condemning and placarding of a dwelling or dwelling unit or other structure as unfit for human habitation or use may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Council of the Borough of Mount Oliver under the procedure established by Borough Council.

§ 79-7 Recovery of borough costs. [1]

All costs and expenses, together with a penalty of ten percent (10%) of said costs, incurred by the Borough of Mount Oliver in removing a condemned dwelling, dwelling unit or other structure, in whole or in part, shall become a lien against the subject property as of the date said costs or expenses are incurred.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.