[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of East Greenwich 11-14-1996 by Ord. No. 640 (Secs. 4-81 to 4-87 of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Junkyards — See Ch. 138.
Minimum housing standards for rental dwellings — See Ch. 191.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Authority to adopt minimum housing standards — See R.I.G.L. § 45-24.2-1 et seq.
Fresh Water Wetlands Act — See R.I.G.L. § 2-1-18 et seq.
The requirements of this chapter are adopted pursuant to the authority granted by R.I.G.L. § 45-24.2-1 et seq., and are deemed necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of East Greenwich.
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the public health, safety and morals and for the purpose of making dwellings and dwelling places safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation, and to prevent blighted and substandard housing conditions.
When used herein, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
- DWELLING UNIT
- Any building or structure or part thereof that is used, occupied or intended to be used or occupied for human habitation.
- RESIDENTIAL LOT
- A lot of land which is improved with a dwelling unit.
All exposed surfaces of dwelling units which have been adversely affected by exposure or other causes shall be repaired and coated, treated or sealed so as to protect them from serious deterioration.
No owner or occupant of any occupied residential lot shall allow grass or weeds to become overgrown beyond the height of 12 inches, or permit the accumulation of garbage, trash, junk or other debris, or yard waste so that the citizens of the Town shall be safe from fire, the breeding of rodents, vermin or obnoxious insects.
Nothing within this chapter shall prohibit the use of property for bona fide, permitted agricultural purposes, home-use composting, or similar uses within zones where such uses are allowed.
Areas subject to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's jurisdiction under the Fresh Water Wetlands Act, drainage and conservation easement areas, and natural wooded areas on individual house lots shall not be subject to this chapter.
Editor's Note: See R.I.G.L. § 2-1-18 et seq.
Upon a finding by the Building Official that property within the Town is in such condition as to be in violation of the requirements of this chapter, he shall give certified notice thereof to the owner or occupant of such property to comply with the requirements of this chapter within 30 days after service of such notice. Such notice shall identify the property by address and state the condition thereon found to be in violation of this chapter.
Upon failure of the owner or occupant of such premises to remedy the conditions existing in violation of the requirements hereof within 30 days after service of notice, the Building Official may employ reasonable methods to remedy the condition, including employment of agents to cut the grass, trim overgrown trees and shrubs, and/or remove trash, debris and yard waste.
Cleanup costs incurred by the Town shall become a lien against such property to the same extent and character as the lien for real estate taxes, with penalty and interest and with the same right of collection and tax sale as apply to tax liens.
In addition to the remedies provided in § 184-7 hereof, any person who is found in violation of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties provided for in Chapter 1, Article III, of the Code of the Town of East Greenwich.