[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta as Ch. 6, Art. II, Div. 2, of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall apply to residential premises as follows:
Lots, plots or parcels of land on which residential buildings, buildings of mixed occupancy or accessory structures are located.
Residential buildings, including one- and two-family dwellings, multiple dwellings and rooming houses or boardinghouses.
Residential occupancies in buildings of mixed occupancy.
This chapter shall not apply to any single-family residence that is occupied by the owner or his immediate family.
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms "dwelling," "dwelling unit," "habitable room" and "rooming unit" shall have the definitions contained in applicable state statutes.
Every habitable space shall have natural or artificial illumination as specified in the BOCA National Building Code, latest edition.
Editor's Note: See now the International Code Council's International Building Code, latest edition.
[Amended 1-22-2008 by Ord. No. 007]
Every dwelling unit shall be usable and capable of being maintained without unauthorized use of other private properties and as in accordance with the International Code Council's International Building Code, latest edition.
Every dwelling shall be maintained in a condition fit for human habitation.
Every dwelling unit intended for year-round occupancy shall include its own sanitary facilities which are in proper operating condition. Such facilities shall include a flush toilet or an approved equal as specified by the State Plumbing Code in a separate private room, a fixed basin with running water and a shower or tub with running water. These facilities and any sink drains shall utilize an approved public or private disposal system.
Adequate space for the storage, preparation and serving of food shall be provided.
There shall be adequate facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food wastes and refuse, including facilities for temporary storage where necessary. In multiple dwellings, garbage and refuse shall not be stored or allowed to accumulate in public halls and stairways.
Residential dwellings intended for year-round occupancy shall contain safe heating facilities which are in proper operating condition and are properly installed.
Sufficient electrical sources shall be provided to permit use of essential electrical appliances while assuring safety from fire.
Every dwelling unit shall be free from dangerous levels of air pollution from carbon monoxide, sewer gas, fuel gas, dust and other harmful air pollutants. Air circulation shall be adequate throughout the unit. Bathroom areas shall have at least one openable window or other adequate exhaust ventilation.
There shall be provided within each dwelling unit a living room, kitchen area and bathroom; and a dwelling unit shall contain at least one sleeping or living/sleeping room of appropriate size.
Every dwelling unit shall be in compliance with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations, 24 CFR Part 35, issued pursuant to the Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4801 et seq.
Yards and courts shall be kept clean and free of physical hazards and the accumulation of debris and trash.
Owners shall be responsible for compliance with this chapter.
It shall be the duty of the occupant of each premises or portion thereof over which he has control to maintain the same.
This chapter shall be administered by the Department of City Services, Bureau of Code Enforcement.
Orders. The Code Enforcement Officer shall issue an order in writing requiring the remedying of all conditions found to exist in or on any premises in violation of provisions of this chapter or amendments hereof of rules and regulations adopted hereunder. The order shall state a reasonable time for compliance, which in any case shall not exceed 90 days.
Noncompliance. If an order is not complied with, the Code Enforcement Officer may request the Corporation Counsel to institute an appropriate action to bring compliance, prevent the use of the building or enforce the penalty provisions of this Code.