City of Poughkeepsie, NY
Dutchess County
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Section 12-102 Freedom from dampness.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.1; Ord. of 4-3-1989, § 3]
(a) 
Cellars, basements and crawl spaces in every structure used for human habitation shall be reasonably free from dampness to prevent conditions conducive to decay or deterioration of the structure.
(b) 
Cross ventilation shall be provided in every basement, cellar and crawl space, consisting of at least one window opening or vent located on opposing walls of the structure or by equivalent mechanical ventilation or use of dehumidifiers as approved by and in the discretion of the Building Inspector. The aggregate ventilation area shall not be less than one square foot for every 100 lineal feet of wall space or 1% of the total area of the enclosed space, whichever is greater.

Section 12-103 Structural members.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.2]
(a) 
Supporting structural members of every structure used for human habitation shall be structurally sound.
(b) 
Supporting structural members shall be considered to be structurally sound if such members are capable of bearing imposed loads safely and if there is no evidence of deterioration.

Section 12-104 Chimneys, flues and vents.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.3]
(a) 
Chimneys and all flue and vent attachments thereto of every structure used for human habitation and all other flues and vents shall be structurally sound, free from defects and performing the function for which they were designed and are used.
(b) 
Chimneys, flues, gas vents or other draft-producing equipment shall provide sufficient draft to develop the rated output of the connected equipment. Chimneys, flue linings where required, flues, gas vents and their supports shall be structurally safe, durable, smoketight and capable of withstanding the action of flue gases.

Section 12-105 Stairs and railings.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.4; Ord. of 4-3-1989, § 4]
(a) 
Interior stairs of every structure used for human habitation shall be structurally sound and free from defects. Railings shall be provided for balconies, landings and stairwells. Stairwells shall have handrails on at least one side.
(b) 
Treads or risers that are broken, warped or loose shall be repaired. Stairs shall be securely fastened to supporting structural members and shall be capable of supporting normally imposed loads. Properly balustraded railings, capable of bearing normally imposed loads, shall be placed on the open portions of stairs, balconies, landings and stairwells. Stairs in multiple residences shall comply with applicable sections of the Multiple Residence Law.

Section 12-106 Floors, walls and ceilings.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.5; Ord. of 4-3-1989, § 5]
Floors, walls and ceilings of every structure used for human habitation shall be structurally sound and maintained in a safe, sound and sanitary condition.

Section 12-107 Bathroom floors.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.6; Ord. of 5-6-1980, § 1, 2; Ord. of 4-3-1989, § 6]
(a) 
Bathroom, shower room and toilet room or compartment floors of every structure used for human habitation shall be water-resistant.
(b) 
The floor surface of every bathroom, shower room and toilet room or compartment shall be constructed or covered with a moisture-resistant finish or material. Such floors shall be kept in a dry, clean and sanitary condition.

Section 12-108 Freedom from rubbish and garbage.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.7]
(a) 
The interior of every structure used for human habitation shall be maintained free from rubbish and garbage that might become a health, accident or fire hazard.
(b) 
Metal or plastic containers with covers shall be provided for the temporary storage of rubbish, garbage and other refuse. Disposal of garbage by garbage disposal units shall be in accordance with all applicable regulations of the city. Materials of a flammable nature shall be stored safely or removed from the premises.

Section 12-109 Insect and rodent harborage.

[Ord. of 12-3-1962, § 220.8]
(a) 
The interior of every structure used for human habitation shall be free from insect, rodent and vermin infestation.
(b) 
Where insect, rodent or vermin infestation, harborage or breeding areas exist, such areas, harborage or infestation shall be eliminated. Articles of value shall be stored in such manner as not to constitute pestilential harborage.

Section 12-110 through Section 12-114. (Reserved)