Minimum Housing

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Minimum Housing
The City of Salisbury finds that there exist in the city dwellings which are unfit for human habitation due to dilapidation, defects increasing the hazards of fire, accidents and other calamities, and lack of ventilation, light and sanitary facilities, and due to other conditions rendering such dwellings unsafe or insanitary, and dangerous and detrimental to the health, safety and morals and otherwise inimical to the welfare of the residents of the city. 

There also exist abandoned dwellings which the city council finds to be a health or safety hazard as a result of the attraction of insects or rodents, conditions creating a fire hazard, dangerous conditions constituting a threat to children or frequent use by vagrants as living quarters in the absence of sanitary facilities. Buildings unfit for human habitation are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and shall be repaired or rehabilitated to the standards of the Minimum Housing ordinances of the City of Salisbury or demolished in accordance with the procedures listed in the ordinances. 
The process for a minimum housing complaint is:
  • Investigate and determine violations. 
  • Send Notice of Hearing letter to owner and all other parties of interest,      including tenants if applicable.
  • Hold hearing and determine a timeframe for completing repairs.
  • Send Findings of Fact and Order letter to owner and all other parties of interest, including tenant.
  • If no repairs are made, property must be vacated by tenants, if applicable, by way of summary ejectment (“eviction”).
  • Once property is vacant and secured, an ordinance is taken to City Council that allows city to demolish structure.
  • Structure is demolished and invoice for demolition work is sent to owner. 

If invoice is unpaid in ten days, a lien is placed on the property at the Rowan County Tax Office.