Housing Form Paragraphs For Letters

It is necessary to have some reasonable uniformity and accuracy when writing letters or reports to housing code violators. This becomes particularly important when a housing code enforcement unit has a large staff and when court action is taken. By using a dwelling inspection form such as Figure 2.4, and the form paragraphs listed here, it should be possible for the inspector to readily prepare a draft of a suitable letter for review by that inspector's supervisor. The form paragraphs can and should be modified as needed to reflect more precisely the unsatisfactory conditions actually observed and practical suggestions for their correction. Reference to the pages that follow will be helpful in describing violations for use in the form letter (Figure 2.5). All construction must comply with the local or state building and fire prevention code.

Structural Safety

To be considered structurally safe, a building must be able to support two and a half to four times the loads and stresses to which it is or may be subjected.

Certain conditions that may be deemed dangerous or unsafe need explanation. For example, a 12-inch beam that has sagged or slanted more than one-quarter out of the horizontal plane of the depth of floor structural members in any 10-foot distance would be more than 3 inches out of level in 10 feet and, hence, unsafe. An interior wall consisting of 2 x 4-inch studs or 4-inch terracotta tile blocks more than one-half out of the vertical plane of the thickness of those members between any two floors would be more than 2 inches out of plumb and, hence, unsafe. See Figure 2.7.

A stair, stairway, or approach is safe to use when it is free of holes, grooves, and cracks that are large enough to constitute a possible accident hazard. Rails and balustrades are expected to be firmly fastened and maintained in good condition. Stairs or approaches should not have rotting or deteriorating supports, and stairs that have settled more than 1 inch or pulled away from the supporting or adjacent structure may be dangerous. Stair treads must be of uniform height and sound and securely fastened in position. Every approach should have a sound floor and every tread should be strong enough to bear a concentrated load of at least 400 lb without danger of breaking through. See Figure 2.8.

Incomplete Bathroom

The (first floor rear apartment) did not have a tub or shower. A complete bathroom—including a water closet, tub or shower, and washbasin connected with hot and cold running water—is required to serve each family. See Figures 2.9 and 2.10. The bathroom shall have a window or skylight not less than 10 percent of the floor area, with at least 45 percent openable, providing adequate light and ventilation. A water-repellent floor with a sanitary cove base or its equivalent is necessary. A ventilation system may be approved in lieu of a window or skylight.

No Hot Water

There was no piped hot water in the (kitchen of the first floor-front apartment). This apartment shall be provided with hot water or water-heating facilities of adequate capacity, properly installed and vented. The heater shall be capable of heating water to permit water to be drawn at every required kitchen sink, lavatory basin, bathtub, or shower at a temperature of approximately 110°F (43°C).

FIGURE 2.7 Wall construction.
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