[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lower Burrell as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-10-2007 by Ord. No. 5-2007]
It shall be unlawful to change ownership of a building unless a certificate of compliance shall have been issued by the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the change of ownership, stating that the building and land conform to the requirements of the Property and Maintenance Code as well as any other City ordinance or code.
The applicant may be the current owner or the proposed new owner.
The applicant for the certificate required shall notify the Code Enforcement Officer of the date upon which change of ownership shall take place, and the Code Enforcement Officer shall inspect the building within 10 days of such notice.
Upon inspection of the premises to determine whether or not a certificate of compliance shall be issued, if the Code Enforcement Officer shall find such premises in accordance with the codes and ordinances of the City of Lower Burrell, a certificate of compliance shall be issued provided that the premises complies with the stormwater separation ordinances and regulations.
A provisional certificate may be issued subject to correction of existing violations within a specified period of time, unless the property is unfit for habitation.
Written notice shall be given to the applicant stating why a certificate of compliance cannot be issued when the Code Enforcement Officer finds that the premises are not fit for habitation. An appeals board designated by the City will hear any disagreements of the Code Enforcement Officer decision.
Upon transfer of ownership of property, the current owner shall produce and deliver a copy of the certificate of compliance to the new owner, including notice of any conditions associated with the certificate.
A municipal lien letter shall not be issued in the case of a change of ownership of residential property unless a certificate or a provisional certificate of compliance has previously been issued.
A certificate of compliance may be revoked or suspended by the Code Enforcement Officer if the Code Enforcement Officer finds that the property owner has failed to comply with conditions attached to the issuance of the certificate or if the Code Enforcement Officer finds that the operation of the premises or land fail to comply with the requirements of this article or any code or ordinance of the City of Lower Burrell, which failure occurred after the change of ownership, unless occupant doesn't change, i.e., change title of ownership within family of the property.
The fee for the issuance of the certificate of compliance shall be $35, which shall be paid to the order of the City of Lower Burrell at the time the applicant applies for an inspection.
A penalty or fine not exceeding $600 and costs shall be imposed against any person who violates any provision of this article. Such penalty or fine shall be in addition to any penalty or fine imposed for violation of any building, housing, property maintenance, fire prevention, electrical, plumbing or zoning ordinance, or the violation of the Property Maintenance Code.