Township of Haverford, PA
Delaware County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Article I adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Haverford as indicated in article histories. Article II adopted by the Department of Public Health of the Township of Haverford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Code Enforcement — See Ch. 4, Part 4, Art. VI.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 45.
Building construction — See Ch. 58.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 73.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 86.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 95.
Plumbing — See Ch. 132.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 138.
Sewage and drainage facilities — See Ch. 149.
[Adopted 9-9-1968 byOrd. No. 1341]
This article is enacted to promote and protect the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Township of Haverford by abating overcrowded housing conditions; by assuring adequate lighting, heating, ventilation, access and egress; by avoiding undue concentration of population; by preventing or correcting unhygienic, unsanitary or unsafe conditions which might constitute a menace to residents and visitors in the Township; and by conserving property values.
In interpreting and applying the provisions of this article, they shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare. Where the provisions of this article impose greater restrictions than those of any other ordinance or regulation, the provisions of this article shall be controlling. Where the provisions of any statute, other ordinance or regulation impose greater restrictions than this article, the provisions of such statute, ordinance or regulation shall be controlling.
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Haverford Township Housing Code of 1968."
[Amended 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960]
A. 
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words and phrases shall be construed throughout this article to have the meanings herein indicated.
BASEMENT
The portion of any dwelling partly underground but having less than 1/2 its clear floor-to-ceiling height below the average grade of the adjoining ground.
CELLAR
The portion of an dwelling having 1/2 or more than 1/2 of its clear floor-to-ceiling height below the average grade of the adjoining ground.
COMMUNITY LIVING ARRANGEMENT (CLA)
An establishment, sometimes referred to as a "community living arrangement" or a "group home," licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that provides a home for not more than six handicapped individuals, excluding staff who do not reside on the property, who live and cook together as a single housekeeping unit. This definition shall not include a facility housing persons released from or under the jurisdiction of a government bureau of corrections or similar institution. "Handicapped" means, with respect to a person: a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities; a record of having such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment, but such term does not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance [as defined in Section 102 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. § 802)].
[Added 2-25-1991 by Ord. No. 2106]
DIRECTOR OF CODE ENFORCEMENT
The Director of Code Enforcement of the Township of Haverford or such deputies or assistants as may be designated by the Board of Commissioners of Haverford Township to assist in the performance of the duties of the "Director of Code Enforcement."
DWELLING
Any building which is used or intended to be used, in whole or in part, for living or sleeping by human occupants, provided that temporary housing, as hereinafter defined, shall not be regarded as a dwelling.
DWELLING UNIT
Any room or group of rooms located in a dwelling and forming a single habitable unit, with facilities which are used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking and eating.
EXTERMINATION
The control and elimination of insects, rodents or other pests by eliminating their harborage places; by removing or making inaccessible materials that may serve as their food; by poisoning, spraying, fumigating or trapping; or by any other recognized and legal pest-elimination methods.
GARBAGE
Solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.
HABITABLE ROOM
A room or enclosed floor space used or intended to be used for living, sleeping or eating purposes, excluding bathrooms, laundries, foyers, pantries, communicating corridors, stairways, closets, basements and cellars, recreation rooms and storage spaces.
INFESTATION
The presence within or around a dwelling of any insects, rodents or other pests.
MULTIPLE DWELLING
A building containing three or more families living independently of one another.
OCCUPANT
Any person, including an owner or operator, living and sleeping in a dwelling unit or rooming unit.
OPENABLE AREA
The part of a window or door which is available for unobstructed ventilation and which opens directly to the outdoors.
OPERATOR
Any person having charge, care, management or control of any dwelling or part thereof in which dwelling units or rooming units are let.
OWNER
Any person who, alone or jointly or severally with others, shall:
(1) 
Have legal title to any dwelling or dwelling unit, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or
(2) 
Have charge, care or control of any dwelling or dwelling unit as owner or agent of the owner or as executor, administrator, trustee or guardian of the estate of the owner. Any such person thus representing the actual owner shall be bound to comply with the provisions of this article and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto to the same extent as if he were the owner.
PERSON
An individual, firm, corporation, association or partnership.
ROOMING UNIT
Any rented room or group of such rooms forming a single habitable unit used or intended to be used for living and sleeping, but not for cooking or eating purposes.
RUBBISH
Combustible and noncombustible waste materials, except garbage.
STUDENT HOUSING
A living arrangement for a number of students unrelated by blood, marriage or legal adoption attending or planning to attend either undergraduate or graduate programs at colleges or universities or who are on a semester or summer break from studies at colleges or universities or any combination of such persons. The residents of a student home share living expenses and may live and cook as a single housekeeping unit but may also only share access to cooking facilities and not live and cook as a single housekeeping unit. Student homes shall not include fraternities or sororities.
[Added 10-10-1989 by Ord. No. 2057]
SUPPLIED
Installed, furnished or provided by the owner or operator at his expense.
TEMPORARY HOUSING
Any tent, trailer or other structure used for human shelter which is designed to be transportable and which is not attached to the ground, to another structure or to any utilities system on the same premises for more than 30 consecutive days.
B. 
The singular shall include the plural, and the plural shall include the singular. The present tense shall include the future tense.
A. 
Basic equipment and facilities. No person shall occupy, as owner-occupant, or shall let to another for occupancy any dwelling or dwelling unit which does not comply with the following requirements:
(1) 
Water supply. Every dwelling unit shall be supplied with a properly installed pressurized potable water supply approved by the Director of Code Enforcement. Periodic chemical and bacteriological examination shall be required at the expense of the owner if the source of such water supply is other than a proper public utility system. A copy of the results of such examination shall be filed with the Director of Code Enforcement.
[Amended 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960]
(2) 
Kitchen facilities. Every dwelling unit shall be supplied with the following:
(a) 
A kitchen sink in good working condition and properly installed in conformity with the Plumbing Code of Haverford Township.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 132, Plumbing.
(b) 
Installed cooking facilities or utility connections for such facilities. Every piece of cooking equipment shall be so constructed and installed that it will function safely and effectively and shall be maintained in sound working condition.
(3) 
Bathroom facilities. Every dwelling unit shall contain one or more rooms which afford privacy to a person and which are supplied with a flush toilet, a lavatory basin and a bathtub or shower, all of these facilities in good working condition and properly installed in conformity with the Plumbing Code of Haverford Township, provided that:
(a) 
The occupants of two dwelling units in the same dwelling may share a single bathroom which meets the above requirements if neither of the two dwelling units contain more than two rooms and if the bathroom is accessible to the occupants of each dwelling unit without going through the dwelling or rooming unit of another person or outside the dwelling.
(b) 
A dwelling so located as to be accessible to a Township sanitary sewer shall have the drainage system of the building connected thereto. A dwelling so located as to be inaccessible to a Township sanitary sewer shall have the drainage system of the building connected to a private sewage system which meets the requirements of the Plumbing Code of Haverford Township.
(4) 
Hot and cold water. Every kitchen sink, lavatory basin and bathtub or shower required by this article shall be properly connected in conformity with the Plumbing Code of Haverford Township and supplied with both hot and cold water. The hot water lines shall be connected with water-heating facilities which are capable of heating water to a temperature of 120° F. even when the heating facilities required by this article are not in operation.
(5) 
Plumbing fixtures. All plumbing fixtures shall be properly connected in accordance with the Plumbing Code of Haverford Township.
(6) 
Heating facilities. Every dwelling shall be supplied with properly installed heating facilities which are capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms and bathrooms within its walls to a temperature of at least 68° F. at a distance three feet above floor level at an outdoor temperature of 0° F. Portable heating facilities employing flame and which use gasoline, kerosene or gas as fuel do not meet this standard.
(7) 
Electrical service. Every dwelling shall be provided with electrical service. Every habitable room of such dwelling shall be supplied with at least two separate electric convenience outlets in the floor or wall or one such convenience outlet and one supplied ceiling-type or wall-type electric light fixture. Every bathroom, laundry room, furnace room and public hall shall contain at least one supplied light fixture on the ceiling or the wall. Every such outlet or fixture shall be properly installed and shall be maintained in good and safe working condition.
B. 
Light and ventilation. No person shall occupy, as owner-occupant, or shall let to another for occupancy any dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit which does not comply with the following:
(1) 
Natural light in habitable rooms. Every habitable room shall have at least one window or skylight facing directly to the outdoors. The minimum aggregate area available for unobstructed light shall be not less than 10% of the floor area of such room.
(2) 
Light in nonhabitable space. Every stair, hall, cellar, basement, laundry, furnace room and similar nonhabitable work space located in a structure used for human habitation shall have either adequate natural or artificial light available at all times. Every public hall and stairway in a multiple dwelling shall be adequately lighted at all times.
(3) 
Ventilation in habitable rooms. Every habitable room shall be ventilated either by openable areas directly accessible to the outdoors and equal to at least 45% of the required window area or by equivalent mechanical ventilation.
(4) 
Ventilation in bathrooms. The required bathroom in each dwelling unit shall be ventilated either by an openable area directly accessible to the outdoors and not less than 1 1/2 square feet or by equivalent mechanical ventilation.
C. 
Space use and occupancy. No person shall occupy or shall let to another for occupancy any dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit which does not comply with the following minimum standards for space use and occupancy:
(1) 
Required space in dwelling units. Every dwelling unit shall contain at least 600 square feet of gross habitable floor area, not including stairs and corridors.
(2) 
Required space in sleeping rooms. In every dwelling unit of two or more rooms, every room occupied for sleeping purposes shall contain at least 120 square feet of floor space, and every room occupied for sleeping purposes by more than one occupant shall contain at least 60 square feet of floor space for each occupant thereof. For the purposes of this subsection, a person under one year of age shall not be counted as an occupant.
(3) 
Required access to bathrooms or sleeping rooms. No dwelling unit containing two or more sleeping rooms shall have room arrangements such that access to a bathroom or water closet compartment intended for use by occupants of more than one sleeping room can be had only by going through another sleeping room, nor shall room arrangements be such that access to a sleeping room can be had only by going through another sleeping room or a bathroom or water closet.
(4) 
Required ceiling height. At least 1/3 of the floor area of every habitable room shall have a ceiling height of at least seven feet. The floor area of that part of any room where the ceiling height is less than five feet shall not be considered as part of the floor area of the room for the purpose of determining the maximum permissible occupancy thereof.
(5) 
Basement dwelling units. No basement space shall be used as a habitable room or dwelling unit unless:
(a) 
The floor and walls are impervious to leakage of underground and surface runoff water and are insulated against dampness;
(b) 
The requirements of Subsection B(1) and (3) relating to natural light and ventilation in habitable rooms are met; and
(c) 
The required minimum window area is located entirely above the grade of the ground adjoining such window area.
(6) 
Student housing. Student housing shall only be permitted when authorized as a special exception by the Zoning Hearing Board, pursuant to § 182-202B of these General Laws of the Township of Haverford.
[Added 10-10-1989 by Ord. No. 2057; amended 2-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2463]
(7) 
Community living arrangement. A community living arrangement shall be permitted as a conditional use, provided that the Director of Code Enforcement shall find that the following standards are met:
[Added 2-25-1991 by Ord. No. 2106]
(a) 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C(7)(a), which provided for a distance of 2,000 feet between CLA homes, was repealed 2-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2463.
(b) 
A minimum of two paved on-site, off-street parking spaces located to the side or rear of the premises and not in the front yard shall be required in addition to those otherwise required for a single-family dwelling.
(c) 
The owner, agent or manager of the CLA shall register such home with the Township as required by Chapter 104, § 104-6, the General Laws of Haverford Township, entitled Housing Standards, and shall comply with the requirements of said chapter, including the yearly registration provisions. If such CLA is not registered in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 104, the conditional use permit shall expire and the CLA use shall be unlawful.
D. 
Safe and sanitary maintenance. No person shall occupy, as owner-occupant, or shall let to another for occupancy any dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit in a structure which does not comply with the following minimum standards for safe and sanitary maintenance:
(1) 
Structural condition. Every foundation, wall, ceiling and roof shall be structurally sound; shall be effectively weathertight, watertight and rodentproof; and shall be kept in good repair.
(2) 
Openings to the exterior. Every window, exterior door, hatchway or skylight shall be effectively weathertight and watertight and shall be kept in sound working condition and good repair.
(3) 
Stairways, porches and balconies. Every stairway, porch and balcony, as well as every appurtenance thereto, shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the load that normal use may cause to be placed thereon and shall be kept in sound condition and repair.
A. 
In addition to any specific contractual agreements between owners and occupants with respect to responsibilities, the following shall apply:
(1) 
Maintenance of premises. Every adult occupant of a dwelling unit or rooming unit shall be responsible for maintaining in a clean and sanitary condition the premises which he occupies or controls. Every owner of a building containing two or more dwelling and/or rooming units shall be responsible for maintaining in a clean and sanitary condition the shared or public areas within and around such building and premises.
(2) 
Maintenance of equipment. Every occupant of a dwelling unit or rooming unit shall be responsible for the exercise of proper care in the use and operation of all plumbing fixtures, appliances and equipment therein. Every owner of a building containing two or more dwelling and/or rooming units shall be responsible for keeping supplied facilities in proper operating condition.
(3) 
Waste disposal. Every occupant of a dwelling unit or rooming unit shall dispose of rubbish, garbage and other refuse in accordance with the regulations of Haverford Township governing such matters. In a structure containing three or more dwellings and/or rooming units, it shall be the responsibility of the owner to assure that adequate rubbish and garbage containers are provided.
(4) 
Extermination. The renter-occupant of a dwelling containing a single dwelling unit shall be responsible for the extermination of any rodents, vermin or other pests therein or on the premises. In a structure containing two or more dwelling and/or rooming units, the occupant shall be responsible for such extermination whenever his unit is the only one infested. When, however, infestation of any unit is caused by failure of the owner to maintain such unit in a rodentproof condition or when two or more units within a structure are infested, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner.
(5) 
Discontinuance of utilities or facilities. No owner, operator or occupant shall cause any service, facility, equipment or utility which is required to be supplied under the provisions of this article to be removed from, shut off from or discontinued for any occupied dwelling unit or rooming unit, except for necessary repairs, alterations or emergencies.
(6) 
Occupancy of vacant units. No person shall occupy or permit to be occupied by another any vacant dwelling unit or rooming unit unless or until it is in good repair, clean, sanitary, in habitable condition and in full compliance with all the provisions of this article.
B. 
Every owner of a building containing two or more dwelling and/or rooming units shall be responsible for providing every window, door or other opening to the exterior with effective protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects.
C. 
Minimum level of heat. Every owner of a building containing two or more dwelling and/or rooming units shall be responsible for maintaining the temperature in every occupied unit in such building at not less than 68° F. during the hours from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
D. 
Registration of occupants. Every owner, operator, agent or occupant of any dwelling unit shall be responsible for the registration with the Director, Department of Code Enforcement, of all occupants of any dwelling unit where occupants number more than two unrelated persons.
[Added 2-10-1975 by Ord. No. 1595; amended 12-14-1981 by Ord. No. 1818; 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960]
[Amended 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960]
The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Haverford may direct the Director of Code Enforcement and such deputies and assistants as are necessary to enforce the provisions of this article. Such positions may be combined with another position or positions established in the Township. In order to determine compliance with and enforce the provisions of this article, the following shall apply:
A. 
Inspection and access to dwellings. The Director of Code Enforcement or his agents are hereby authorized and directed to make inspections of the conditions of dwelling units, rooming units and premises located in the Township of Haverford. Upon display of proper identification and official authorization by the Director of Code Enforcement to inspect a specifically identified unit, the inspector is authorized to enter, examine and survey such units and premises on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00. p.m. or at such other time as may be necessary in an emergency or as mutually agreed upon by the occupant and the Director of Code Enforcement or one of his agents.
B. 
Access for repairs. Every occupant of a dwelling unit or rooming unit shall grant to the owner or his agents or employees free access to it at reasonable times for the purpose of making repairs or alterations to effect compliance with this article.
C. 
Notice of violation. When the Director of Code Enforcement determines that there exists a violation of any provision of this article, he shall serve written notice of such violation to the person or persons responsible therefor as hereinafter provided.
(1) 
Such notice shall:
(a) 
Be put in writing.
(b) 
Include a statement of the reasons why it is being issued.
(c) 
Allow a reasonable time for the performance of any act it requires.
(d) 
Be served upon the owner or his agent or the occupant, as the case may require, provided that such notice shall be deemed to be properly served upon such person if a copy thereof is served upon him personally or if a copy thereof is sent by registered or certified mail to his last known address or if he is served by any other method authorized or required under the laws of this commonwealth.
(2) 
Such notice may contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this article and with rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
D. 
Appeals from notice of violation. Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provisions of this article or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Director of Code Enforcement of Haverford Township, provided that such person shall file in the office of the Director of Code Enforcement a written petition requesting such hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor within 14 days after the day the notice was served. Upon receipt of such petition, the Director of Code Enforcement shall set a time and place for such hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof. At such hearing, the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice should be modified or withdrawn. The hearing shall be commenced not later than 10 days after the day on which the petition was filed, provided that, upon application of the petitioner, the Director of Code Enforcement may postpone the date of the hearing for a reasonable time beyond such ten-day period if, in his judgment, the petitioner has submitted sufficient reason for such postponement. After the hearing, the Director of Code Enforcement may sustain, modify or withdraw the notice of the violations on the basis of the findings of the hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof. Such proceedings shall be summarized, in writing, and shall become a matter of public record in the office of the Director of Code Enforcement. Such record shall also include a copy of every notice or order issued in connection with the matter. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Director of Code Enforcement may seek relief therefrom in any court of competent jurisdiction as provided by the laws of this commonwealth.
E. 
Effective date of notice,of violation. Any notice served pursuant to Subsection C of this section shall automatically become an order if a written petition is not filed in the office of the Director of Code Enforcement within 14 days after such notice is filed.
F. 
Variance from terms of Article. The Director of Code Enforcement may authorize a variance, upon written application, from the terms of this article when, because of special conditions, undue hardship would result from literal enforcement and when such variance is consistent with the spirit of this article. In any instance where the Director of Code Enforcement considers a request for such variance, the Director of Code Enforcement shall determine whether the unique circumstances for which the variance is sought were not created by the present or former owners of the property and are not due to or the results of general conditions in the district in which the property is located.
G. 
Emergency action. Whenever the Director of Code Enforcement finds that there exists any violation of this article which creates an emergency requiring immediate correction to protect the health or safety of any occupant of a dwelling or the public, he may issue an order reciting the existence of such an emergency and requiring that such action be taken as he deems necessary to meet the emergency. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this article, such order shall be effective immediately. Any person to whom such order is directed shall comply therewith immediately, but, upon petition to the Director of Code Enforcement, shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. After such hearing, depending upon the findings of the Director of Code Enforcement as to whether the provisions of this article and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with, the Director of Code Enforcement shall continue such order in effect or modify it or revoke it.
H. 
Dwellings unfit for human habitation.
(1) 
Whenever the Director of Code Enforcement finds that a dwelling constitutes a serious hazard to the health or safety of the occupants or to the public because it is dilapidated, unsanitary, vermin-infested, rodent-infested or lacking in basic facilities and equipment required by this article, he shall report such dwelling to the Director of Code Enforcement, which may designate such dwelling as unfit for human habitation. Such designation shall be posted on the dwelling and shall specify the reason for such a finding. A notice of violation shall also be served in accordance with the provisions of Subsection C of this section. Any dwelling so designated shall be vacated within a reasonable time as specified by the Director of Code Enforcement and shall not again be used for human habitation until the hazard or violation has been eliminated or corrected, and the Director of Code Enforcement has removed the designation and given written approval for occupancy.
(2) 
The Director of Code Enforcement is hereby authorized to make inspections to determine the condition of dwellings, dwelling units, rooming units and premises located within the Township in order that he may perform his duty of safeguarding the health and safety of the occupants of dwellings, dwelling units, rooming units and of the general public. For the purpose of making such inspection, the Director of Code Enforcement is hereby authorized to enter, examine and survey at all reasonable times all dwellings, dwelling units, rooming units and premises. The owner or occupant of every dwelling, dwelling unit and rooming unit or the person in charge thereof shall give the Director of Code Enforcement free access to such dwelling, dwelling unit, rooming unit and its premises at all reasonable times for the purpose of such inspection, examination and survey. Every occupant of a dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit shall give the owner thereof or his agent or employee access to any part of such dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit or its premises at all reasonable times for the purpose of making such repairs or alterations as are necessary to effect compliance with the provisions of this article or with any lawful rule or regulation adopted or any lawful order issued pursuant to the provisions of this article.
[Added 5-10-1971 by Ord. No.423]
I. 
Abatement of violations. If a violation has not been corrected within the time designated for such compliance and the Director of Code Enforcement finds that the continuation of such violation constitutes a public nuisance or hazard, he may order the correction of such violation using Township funds or Township personnel to accomplish such correction and may charge the cost thereof to the violator. He may collect such cost by lien and/or otherwise as may be authorized by the laws of this commonwealth.
[Amended 11-11-1968 by Ord. No. 1345; 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960; 6-13-1988 by Ord. No. 2019; 3-12-2012 by Ord. No. 2660]
Any person who violates any provision of this article or any provision of any rule or regulation adopted by the Director of Code Enforcement pursuant to authority granted by this article or fails to correct in a reasonable time the defects for which the dwelling or dwellings have been cited shall, upon summary conviction before any District Justice of the Peace, pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 and costs of prosecution; and in default of one payment of the fine and costs, the violator may be sentenced to the county jail for a term of not more than 90 days. Each and every day in which any person, firm or corporation shall be in violation of this article or the rules or regulations shall constitute a separate offense.
[Amended 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960]
The Director of Code Enforcement is authorized to make and adopt such procedural rules as he may deem necessary for the proper enforcement of this article, provided that such procedural rules and regulations shall not be in conflict with the substantive provisions of this article. Such rules and regulations shall have the same force and effect as the provisions of this article, and the penalty for violation thereof shall be the same as the penalty for violation of the provisions of this article.
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 1453]
A. 
After the effective date of this article, no person shall lease or rent any dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit in Haverford Township without first making application to and obtaining from the Director of Code Enforcement a permit to rent or lease such dwelling, dwelling unit or rooming unit. Such application shall set forth the name of the applicant, together with the address of the dwelling, the dwelling unit or units or the rooming unit or units which are or will be offered for rent, and such other information as may be required by the Director of Code Enforcement, such application to constitute an agreement between the applicant and the Director of Code Enforcement for the faithful compliance by the applicant and all agents, servants, employees or representatives of the applicant with all ordinances of Haverford Township and all rules and regulations of the Director of Code Enforcement now in effect or hereafter adopted relating to the basic equipment, physical condition, maintenance and occupancy of dwellings and dwelling units. A permit fee shall be paid by the applicant at or before the issuance of the permit, said fees to be set by resolution of the Board of Commissioners as amended from time to time, which permit fee shall be paid annually.
[Amended 3-8-1976 by Ord. No. 1636; 1-30-1978 by Ord. No. 1696; 12-14-1981 by Ord. No. 1818; 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960; 2-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2463]
B. 
The applicant shall promptly inform the Director of Code Enforcement, in writing, of any change made to a property which alters the information provided in the application for permit. Unless previously revoked or suspended, such permit shall expire as of the first day of March following its issuance, at or prior to which time application shall be made for renewal of all such permits for a further period of 12 months.
[Amended 3-13-1972 by Ord. No. 1463; 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960]
C. 
All housing license fees must be submitted to the Department of Code Enforcement by March 1 of each year. A penalty of $50 will be added if payment is received after March 1 of the permit year.
[Added 10-9-1979 by Ord. No. 1755; amended 12-14-1981 by Ord. No. 1818; 2-21-2006 by Ord. No. 2463]
[Added 5-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1518; amended 1-30-1978 by Ord. No. 1696; 12-14-1981 as Ord. No. 1818; 2-8-1993 by Ord. No. 2168]
No person shall occupy or permit to be occupied by another any vacant rental dwelling unit or rental rooming unit unless or until it is in good repair, clean, sanitary and in habitable condition and in full compliance with all the provisions of this article. Units shall be inspected by an inspector of the Department of Code Enforcement. Inspection fees required under this section shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Commissioners and may be amended from time to time.
[Added 12-29-1971 by Ord. No. 1445; amended 3-13-1972 by Ord. No. 1462]
A. 
All presently existing multifamily dwellings and apartment house buildings in the Township of Haverford and all such structures hereinafter constructed shall be provided with self-closing locks on all doors giving entrance to any part of said structures. For purposes of this article, a self-closing lock shall be one encompassing a device which will ensure closing after having been opened for use and which may only be opened by one entering such a structure by a key.
B. 
Each multifamily dwelling or apartment housing building shall have an intercommunication system or bell system connected to each multifamily dwelling unit or apartment house unit or shall have a security guard to patrol the premises.
[Added 12-11-1972 by Ord. No. 1492]
[Added 7-10-1972 by Ord. No. 1477]
A. 
Fire extinguishers, as designated by the Director of Code Enforcement, shall be placed in all multiple dwellings and apartment houses in the Township of Haverford. These fire extinguishers shall be so located that a person will not have to travel more than 50 feet from any point to reach the nearest fire extinguisher. At least one fire extinguisher shall be required for each 2,500 square feet of floor area. Additional fire extinguishers may be required as directed by the Director of Code Enforcement.
[Amended 6-30-1986 by Ord. No. 1960; 5-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2663]
B. 
Exit signs shall be required for all exit doorways and shall be plainly marked by approved signs and sufficiently illuminated when the floor area is occupied to be readily distinguishable.
[Adopted 9-11-1968]
A. 
The definitions contained in § 104-4 of Article I of this chapter regulating supplied facilities, maintenance and occupancy of dwellings and dwelling units, together with the definitions contained in this section, shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of these regulations.
B. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
HOUSING ORDINANCE
The Housing Ordinance of the Township of Haverford regulating supplied facilities, maintenance and occupancy of dwellings and dwelling units.
No dwelling or dwelling unit shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of the Housing Ordinance relating to plumbing and plumbing fixtures unless:
A. 
All plumbing is so designed and installed as to prevent contamination of the water supply through backflow, backsiphonages and any other method of contamination.
B. 
All plumbing is so designed and installed that no potable supply line or plumbing fixture is directly connected to a nonpotable water supply.
C. 
Every water supply line is so constructed that there is no possibility of a cross-connection between a potable and nonpotable water service.
D. 
Every water supply line is in good working condition, and every valve is in good working condition.
E. 
Every water supply inlet is located above flood level of any installed sink, lavatory, bathtub or automatic washing machine and similar water-using fixture or above some unobstructable overflow thereof and there are no submerged inlets, except submerged inlets with a vacuum breaker of a type approved by the Plumbing Inspector.
F. 
All plumbing and plumbing fixtures are maintained in good working condition, and all plumbing fixtures are kept clean.
G. 
No water closet is of the so-called "flush-hopper," "frostproof-hopper" or similar type.
H. 
Water pressure is adequate to permit a proper flow of water from all open water faucets at all times.
A. 
When the dwelling or dwelling unit is heated by a central heating system, the unit shall be in good operating condition. Every heat duct, steampipe and hot-water pipe shall be free of leaks and shall function so that adequate heat is delivered where intended. Every seal between sections of a hot-air furnace shall be in good repair.
B. 
Every coal-burning space heater shall have a fire-resistant panel beneath it. Every coal-burning space heater located close to a wall shall be equipped with insulation sufficient to prevent overheating of the wall. Every coal-burning heater smoke pipe shall be equipped with guards made of metal or other nonflammable material at the point where the pipe goes through a wall, ceiling or partition.
C. 
Every smoke pipe and every chimney shall be adequately supported, reasonably clean and maintained in such good condition that there will be no leakage or backing up of noxious gases.
A. 
No wiring shall be less than No. 12 gauge, and outlets shall not be less than 20 amperes.
B. 
Every exposed electric wire shall have insulation which is good condition.
C. 
Every switchplate and outlet plate shall be properly fastened in position.
D. 
No short circuit or break shall exist in any electrical line.
E. 
Every fixture and outlet shall function properly and shall be properly fastened in place and must have an Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. label.
F. 
No obvious shock hazard shall exist.
G. 
No temporary wiring shall be used except extension cords which run directly from portable electric fixtures to convenience outlets and which do not lie under floor-covering materials or extend through doorways, transoms or other similar apertures through structural elements.
H. 
No, electrical circuit shall be overloaded as a result of connecting appliances which operate at high wattages to outlets supplied with wire of inadequate size.
A. 
The foundation elements shall adequately support the building at all points.
B. 
Every floor shall be free of holes and wide cracks which might admit rodents or which constitute a possible accident hazard.
C. 
Every floor shall be free of loose, warped, protruding and rotting floorboards.
D. 
Every exterior wall shall be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards and timbers and any other conditions which admit rodents, rain or dampness to the interior portions of the wall or to the interior spaces of the dwelling.
E. 
Every interior wall and ceiling shall be free of holes and large cracks.
F. 
Every interior wall and ceiling shall be free of loose plaster and other structural material, the collapse of which might constitute an accident hazard.
G. 
Plaster, paint and other surface materials shall be of such character as to be easily cleanable and shall be reasonably smooth, clean and tight.
H. 
The roof shall be tight and have no defects which admit rain.
A. 
Every window shall be fully supplied with window panes which are without open cracks or holes.
B. 
Every window sash shall be in good condition and fit reasonably tight within its frame.
C. 
Every window, other than fixed windows, shall be capable of being easily opened and held in an open position by window hardware.
D. 
Every exterior door, door hinge and door latch shall be in good condition.
E. 
All windows and doors and their frames shall be constructed and maintained in such relation to wall construction as completely to exclude rain and substantially to exclude wind from entering the structure.
F. 
Every basement hatchway shall be so constructed and maintained as to prevent the entrance of rodents, rain and surface drainage water into the dwelling.
A. 
Every flight of steps, and porch shall be free of holes, grooves and cracks which are large enough to constitute a possible accident hazard.
B. 
Every stairwell and every flight of stairs which is more than two risers high shall have rails not less than two feet six inches, measured vertically from the nose of the treads to the top of the rail, and every porch which is more than two risers high shall have rails not less than three feet six inches above the platform.
C. 
Every rail and balustrade shall be firmly fastened and maintained in good condition.
D. 
No flight of stairs shall have settled more than one inch out of its intended position or have pulled away from supporting or adjacent structures.
E. 
No flight of stairs shall have rotting or deteriorating supports.
F. 
The treads of every flight of stairs shall be uniform in height.
G. 
Every stair tread shall be sound and securely fastened in position.
H. 
Every stair tread shall be strong enough to bear a concentrated load of at least 400 pounds without danger of breaking through.
I. 
Every porch shall have a sound floor.
J. 
No porch shall have rotting or deteriorating supports.
A. 
Rubbish stored outdoors shall be stored in one or more rubbish storage containers which are flytight, rodentproof, nonflammable and waterproof.
B. 
Rubbish stored in the basement or cellar or in an enclosed structure, such as a shed, shall be stored in nonflammable containers.
C. 
No loose rubbish shall be placed upon or strewn about on the floor of any basement or cellar or other part of any dwelling or on the ground surrounding any dwelling.
D. 
Garbage shall be disposed of in a garbage incinerator located within the dwelling and installed and operated in a sanitary manner or in disposable units located and installed according to the Haverford Township Plumbing Code[1] or wrapped and stored in one or more flytight and watertight metal garbage storage containers equipped with tightly fitting metal covers, no one of which is smaller than 10 gallons in capacity or larger than 30 gallons in capacity.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 132, Plumbing.
E. 
Every outside garbage storage container shall be so maintained and so located on the premises that no odors will permeate any dwelling or dwelling units.
F. 
No loose garbage shall be placed upon or strewn about on the floor of any basement or cellar or any other part of any dwelling or on the ground surrounding any dwelling.