§ 4551.02. Responsibility of occupant


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  • Access to unit

    (a) Upon reasonable advance notice every occupant or person in control of a dwelling or dwelling unit shall give the owner thereof access to any part of such dwelling or dwelling unit for the purpose of making necessary repairs, alterations, or maintenance inspections.

    (b) Garbage disposal and rubbish storage. The occupant of dwellings containing one or two dwelling units shall provide and maintain adequate garbage disposal and rubbish storage receptacles.

    (c) Plumbing. The occupant shall keep all plumbing fixtures such as toilets, basins and sinks in a clean and sanitary condition and avoid the deposit of any material which may obstruct and interfere with the proper function thereof.

    (d) Electricity. The occupant is responsible for proper usage of all electrical power lines, outlets, fixtures, other facilities required by this Code, proper extension cord usage, and proper fusing.

    (e) Heating. The occupant shall regulate the heating facilities to maintain above freezing temperatures at all times in all portions of the dwelling or dwelling unit within the functional capability of the equipment whenever these heating facilities of the dwelling or dwelling unit are under his control.

    (f) Pest elimination. The occupant is responsible for elimination of any insects, rats, or other pests within that part of the premises occupied and controlled by him in a single family dwelling or in a dwelling containing two (2) or more dwelling units if his unit is the only one infested unless infestation of the premises was caused by the improper rat-proofing.

    (g) Clean and sanitary maintenance. Every occupant of a dwelling or dwelling unit and premises thereof which he occupies and controls shall keep the same in a clean and sanitary condition. In two family and row units, the yard area extending from the structure to the front and the rear which is adjacent and contiguous to each unit shall be construed to be the responsibility of the occupant of that unit. Clean and sanitary maintenance shall include, but not be limited to, keeping all floors and walking surfaces free of dirt, filth, garbage, human and animal waste, litter, refuse and other unsanitary matter and keeping all walls, ceilings, windows and doorways clean and free of dirt, greasy film, soot and other unsanitary matter. Every occupant of a dwelling or dwelling unit shall dispose of all his rubbish, garbage and ashes in the receptacles provided. Discarded or abandoned articles of such bulk as to preclude disposal in such receptacles shall be conveyed by the occupant to an appropriate municipal or approved private disposal area.

    (h) Fire prevention. Every occupant of a dwelling or dwelling unit responsible for fire prevention requirements regarding storage of flammable liquids and storage of materials as covered under Section 4525.09.

    (i) Rat-proofing. Where it is determined that rat infestation exists, no occupant of a dwelling or dwelling unit shall stack materials on the exterior of the premises, against the structure or any accessory structure or stack any materials unless such stack is elevated twelve inches from the ground.

    (j) Space requirements. Every occupant shall limit occupancy of that part of the premises which he occupies or controls to the maximum permitted by this Code.

    (k) Other requirements. The occupant of any dwelling or dwelling unit shall not obstruct in any manner any required means of egress.

    (l) The occupant of any dwelling or dwelling unit shall not willfully destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove from the premises any of the facilities, equipment, appurtenances or any part of the structure thereof.

    (m) The occupant of a dwelling or dwelling unit is responsible for storing all medicines, cleaning fluids, poisons, and other household chemicals in a locked cabinet or by other means so as to make these substantially inaccessible to children.

    Article IX. Rooming House Regulations

(Ord. 356-75.)