Code enforcement partnership
Last year, because of the rising number of Building and Housing Code violations in the City of Cleveland, the City Council voted on a co-operation of the Building and Housing (B&H) department and all Community Development Corporations (CDCs) within the city. The CDC's are to go out and inspect the outside of homes within a specified area. The owner will be contacted regarding violations observed by the code enforcement officer for the ward and given 30 days to correct them. If they are not corrected within the 30 days, and the CDC is not informed as to progress/intent by the owner, the house is turned into B&H for a formal inspection, ticketing, and a potential housing court appearance.
Letters have gone out to homeowners that have been inspected, telling them what violations need to be corrected. We've been getting a lot of response from homeowners looking for assistance and acknowledging problems existing on their properties.
Getting things done before there is a legal battle is why City Council voted for this partnership. It will take a while to see dramatic changes, but this is a good start. Ward 11 has always had a solid residential base, this partnership is only going to make it better.
For more info and to find out when your street is slated for inspection, contact CNVDC 383.9772 or Northeast Shores 481.7660
Mike Troha is the Code Enforcement Officer for Ward 11.
Executive Director, Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation