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City Concludes Inspections of Heritage House Complex
Posted Date: 12/14/2012 2:00 PM

City crews completed inspections of all 177 units and common areas of the Heritage House housing complex, 310 W. Meadowview Rd., on Wednesday, December 12. The inspection of the building was done in response to a petition filed by residents requesting it be performed.

Inspectors found a total of 346 violations of the minimum housing code, with 122 of those violations considered life and safety violations. The life and safety violations include things such as missing smoke detectors, electrical outlets not being properly wired, electrical work performed without permits, and some heating units not working properly.

Notices will be mailed to the owners of all units advising if the units passed or failed the inspection. To fail an inspection, a unit must have five or more minor violations or one major violation. If a unit or common area failed its inspection, the owner will receive a Complaint and Hearing of Notice. The Notice includes a date and time for the hearing and provides an opportunity for the property owner to discuss the violations with the inspector and advice the City how they plan to proceed. If a unit or common area passed inspection, the owner will receive a notice advising that it meets the City’s minimum housing codes.

After a hearing is held, an Order to Repair, Alter or Improve Notice is issued. This provides the owner written notice of what the code requires and gives the owner 30 days to complete repairs, begin the repairs or show progress toward making the repairs. After the time has expired on the Order, the City may move forward to condemn the property. Condemnation is a last resort and happens when the owner has abandoned the intent to make repairs. If condemned, the City issues a Condemnation Notice and the tenant is given 30 days to vacate.

City housing and building inspectors conducted a room-by-room compliance review to ensure that minimum housing standards are being fulfilled. Greensboro police were on site to support City staff conduct a safe and orderly inspection.

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