Cleveland's new code enforcement partnership
What is the New Plan?
The City of Cleveland is launching a new partnership between community groups and City Building & Housing inspectors in an effort to improve Housing Code Enforcement throughout the City. For Ward 11, the community groups are Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation and Northeast Shores Development Corporation.
The Ward 11 code enforcement officer work with community groups to identify minor problems and get them fixed. If owners don't comply, cases will be referred to the City Department of Building and Housing for City inspector follow-up. Cases could end up in Housing Court if the property is not brought to compliance.
What does the City hope to accomplish?
City Officials hope the new plan brings more accountability from homeowners, the City Department of Building and Housing, and community organizations.
The City and community groups also hope that the new partnership will result in better housing conditions and more stable neighborhoods.
What does it mean for Collinwood homeowners and landlords?
All homes will be inspected systematically by the Ward 11 code enforcement officer (Michael Troha). Mr. Troha already inspected properties in one section of Northeast Shores and is now starting on the next area in South Collinwood.
He will work his way through the entire ward in a designated time period.
What will the Ward 11 Code Enforcement Officer be looking for?
If you do not want a housing code violation, be sure to take care of these items at a minimum:
- Clean up any rubbish and debris on your tree lawn and in your yard.
- Remove junk vehicles from your property.
- Replace sagging/missing gutters.
- Replace missing siding.
- Make needed repairs to your front porch and front steps, including masonry work.
- Scrape and paint areas that are peeling.
- Cut your grass regularly this spring/summer (8” is the max height for grass).
How can I get more information?
You can call Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation at 216-383-9772 for more information. Northeast shore residents can call Northeast Shores Development Corporation at 216-481-7660.
Some information in this article is from The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com (Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 issue)
Development Manager at Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation