What Is A Code Enforcement Violation?

What Is A Code Enforcement Violation?

What Is A Code Enforcement Violation?

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What is a code enforcement violation?

You’re probably asking this question because you might have gotten a sticky note or a piece of paper under your door that says “You’re in violation!”… “Your property is not safe or it’s not clean enough or you haven’t kept up with it!”

… and you’re wondering what is a code enforcement violation?

How do I take care of it? How do I get rid of it?

Let’s talk a little bit about that here today. Let’s break this down, right. So a code enforcement violation. What it is, there are a lot of codes, right, there’s a fire code, there’s property maintenance codes, there’s zoning codes…these are just a few examples, right. You have your license laws.

Where Do Code Enforcement Violations Come From?

Anywhere you live in America there’s going to be certain codes or building codes that you need to obey. And also contractors need to obey to create a safe place for people to live and work.

And so anytime you have a code enforcement violation, it just means that one of the codes within each of these different areas is being violated and you need to either fix it or hire somebody to fix it.

Anytime you don’t, and as time goes by, you have to pay a fine to basically clear that up and to get it all washed off, right.

Examples of What a Code Violations Are

So fire codes – you might not have enough smoke alarms or you don’t have sprinklers if your building is large enough.

Property maintenance – you have overgrown hedges or weeds or grass growing over your sidewalk. Maybe part of your front facade is hanging off and it’s unsafe or dangerous, right.

Zoning – are you operating a triplex out of a single family house that could be a really big issue and so you’re going to get a code enforcement violation for that.

And there’s a ton of license laws, right, if you’re not hiring licensed and insured contractors to do work on your property, then how do you know if they’re following all the building codes – plumbing and electrical codes – and so forth.

Definition of A Code Enforcement Violation

So what is a code violation, it’s basically any time you’re breaking one of these codes, right. You’re going to get a fine. You need to work with your city or municipality to fix it.

If you’re here in Philadelphia, you can call me. My name is Doug. I am the owner and operator of Signature Properties. My website is sellmyphillyhouse.com. We can help you take care of code violations and we can tell you how to get that done.

Code Enforcement Violations Alternatives

And if it’s gotten to the point that if it’s an unsafe structure or you’re not interested in fixing anything and you just want to get rid of this house, call me up!

Because not only can we answer “what is a code enforcement violation?”, but we can help you get rid of your house in the process!

Alright, thanks everyone!

Doug Greene

Doug Greene is a creative real estate investor, master content curator and evangelist for easier, better and more enjoyable real estate experiences for all. He owns Signature Properties, a Philadelphia real estate company that solves unique problems for homeowners and investors. His work has been featured on Yahoo Finance, AOL, Family Handyman and many more authoritative publications.

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