City of Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County
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Every owner of a dwelling, two-family dwelling, multifamily dwelling, rooming house, hotel, combination dwelling or associated garage, shed or other similar outbuilding shall maintain the external walls or roof, entrance and exit ways, adjoining sidewalks and parking lots of the same free and clear of all graffiti as same is defined in Chapter 146, Graffiti, of the Code of the City of Lancaster.
A contract effective as between owner and operator, operator and occupant or owner and occupant, with regard to compliance hereunder, shall not relieve an owner of his/her/its direct responsibility under this Article VIII.
Whenever the Bureau of Inspection finds that any dwelling, two-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel, combination dwelling or associated garage, shed or other similar outbuilding possesses graffiti, as defined in Chapter 146, Graffiti, of this Code, upon its external walls, roof or adjoining sidewalks or parking lots, it shall notify the owner of said dwelling, two-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel or combination dwelling by mail to such owner and by posting on the same of a notice citing the violation be cured within 30 days of such notice, detailing the City of Lancaster's right and remedies upon a failure to cure the violation and explaining the owner's rights of appeal.
Any person aggrieved by a notice issued pursuant hereto may appeal to the Board of Housing Appeals and Revisions, as provided in Article IV of this Housing Code.
[Amended 7-26-2005 by Ord. No. 15-2005]
When, upon reexamination after the expiration of time for compliance, the Bureau finds that the violation has not been corrected, the Bureau shall notify the owner, in writing by personal service or certified mail and posting of the premises, that if the graffiti is not removed within 20 days of service of the notice, the Bureau may either itself or by contract with a private contractor remove said graffiti and charge the actual costs of labor, materials, equipment or any other item, service or expense incurred by the City to remove the graffiti, plus the administrative fee prescribed by Chapter 36, Municipal Claims, to the owner and collect such costs by lien or otherwise as may be authorized by law. Such costs shall be established from time to time by resolution of the City Council. Service shall be deemed effective for any notices under this article, if by certified mail and posting, upon the latter of the date of mailing or posting of the notice.
Any bill for the removal of graffiti pursuant to this chapter shall be paid by the owner in accordance with Chapter 36, Municipal Claims. Upon failure of the property owner to pay the amounts due the City in accordance with Chapter 36, the City shall be entitled to collect all amounts and pursue any or all of the remedies identified in Chapter 36, Municipal Claims.[1]
Editor's Note: Former Part 2, Commercial Structure Standard, adopted as Articles 1772, 1772 and 1774 of the  Codified Ordinances, as amended, which immediately followed, was repealed 8-26-1997 by Ord. No. 14-1997. For current provisions, see Ch. 223, Property Maintenance.