Building construction — See Ch. 55.
Uniform construction codes See Ch. 71.
Housing standards — See Ch. 113.
§ 59-1Dangerous buildings and/or structures prohibited.
§ 59-2Investigation; notice.
§ 59-3Service of notice.
§ 59-4Violations and penalties.
§ 59-5Removal by Borough; collection of costs.
From and after the passage of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to allow or permit to remain on any public or private ground in the Borough of Baden any building or other structure which is in a dangerous condition.
The Borough Council, the Borough Building Inspector or other authorized agent or agents shall have full power to investigate all buildings and other structures in the Borough to determine whether the same are in a safe condition. If following such investigation Council shall determine any structure to be in a dangerous condition, written notice shall be served upon the owner of such structure. Such notice shall require the owner of such structure to commence the removal of said structure within 10 days of such notice and to complete such removal within 30 days from the date of commencement.
The aforementioned notice shall be served personally or by certified mail upon the owner of the structure or upon the agent of such owner.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $300 and costs of such proceedings or, upon default of payment of such fine and costs, by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days.
If the owner of any dangerous structure to whom a notice to remove such structure shall be sent under the provisions of this chapter fails to commence or to complete such removal within the time limit prescribed by such notice, the Council shall be empowered to cause such work of removal to be commenced and/or completed by the Borough, and the cost and expense thereof, with a penalty of 10%, shall be collected from the owner of such structure in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims or by action of assumpsit or by a bill in equity, provided that the recovery of such cost and expense, together with the penalty, may be in addition to the penalty imposed as provided in § 59-4 of this chapter.