Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title Ten - Building, Chapter 1001 - Scope, Intent, and Application by adding a new Section, 1001.11 Special Abatement Actions, outlining additional actions that the Chief of the Bureau of Building Inspection may take to alert the public to Property Maintenance Code violations at properties in the City of Pittsburgh.
The Council of the City of Pittsburgh hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The Pittsburgh Code, Title Ten - Building, Chapter 1001 - Scope, Intent, and Application is hereby supplemented by adding a new Section, 1001.11 Special Abatement Actions, as follows:
CHAPTER 1001: - SCOPE, INTENT, AND APPLICATION
§1001.11 - SPECIAL ABATEMENT ACTIONS
(a) The Chief of the Bureau of Building Inspection may identify up to ten (10) properties deemed the most blighted in the City based on the number of City of Pittsburgh Housing Court convictions against the property owner and the number of Property Maintenance Code (Code) citations served to that owner within a 365 day period.
(b) The Chief of the Bureau of Building Inspection may take the following actions against a property owner whose property is deemed one of the most blighted in the City based on the criteria set forth in (a), contingent upon the written approval of the Member of Council representing the property:
1. notify the owner of the property via certified mail that a sign will be posted in 30 days displaying the information outlined in section (b)2;
2. 30 days after notification instruct the Department of Public Works to post a clearly visible sign the cost of which will be liened against the property owner, adjacent or closest to the premises which states the following information:
A. property owner's name;
B. property owner's home address;
C. property owner's home and/or mobile phone number;
D. brief description of the Code violations at the property;
E. brief statement about the property owner's failure to appea...Click here for full text