[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Haverhill 9-10-1991 by Doc. 136 (Ch. 200 of the 1980 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Renting to minors — See Ch. 202.
Whenever a rented dwelling unit, apartment or tenement becomes vacant, or within 10 days before the expiration date of the anticipated vacancy and prior to its being reoccupied, the owner, managing agent or person in possession thereof shall have it inspected by the Board of Health to determine whether or not it conforms to the General Laws of the Commonwealth, more particularly, "The Sanitary Code, Article II, Minimum Standard of Fitness for Health under Human Habitation," adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local ordinances insofar as applicable to the foregoing, and provided that, prior to its being reoccupied, the landlord, managing agent or person in possession thereof shall secure from the Board of Health for the City of Haverhill a rental permit.
[Amended 2-18-1992 by Doc. 33]
Any owner, managing agent or person in possession of such property used for rental purposes who fails to comply with this regulation shall pay a fine of $200. It will be deemed a violation of this regulation if any person or persons are allowed to live, occupy or inhabit said premises without having received a rental permit certifying fitness for human habitation from the Board of Health, Division of Code Enforcement. Each subsequent day that there exists a failure to comply with these regulations shall constitute a separate offense, and said fine of $200 shall apply for each subsequent offense. The public utilities and telephone services referred to in § 200-3 shall not be subject to the penalty referred to herein.
[Added 2-18-1992 by Doc. 33]
The Board of Health shall be responsible to inquire of all the public utilities, namely, the gas, electric, telephone and the Haverhill Water Department, to determine all persons requesting new listings and service of the respective utilities. This duty shall be exercised daily by the Board of Health. The public utilities mentioned herein shall be duty-bound to provide this information forthwith.
Tenants will be responsible to maintain their dwelling unit in a satisfactory condition and periodic inspections may be carried out by the Board of Health to ascertain compliance.