Property Maintenance Code
Golden Valley's Property Maintenance Code City Code Chapter 4, Section 4.60 serves to:
- establish and uphold standards for public health, safety, welfare, and basic livability
- encourage proper home maintenance
- preserve and enhance community value
- promote communication between residents and the City
The code was developed based on citizen input gathered through public surveys, meetings, and online feedback. It applies to multiple-dwelling properties and one- and two-family homes and stresses a common-sense approach to maintenance. It also helps actively maintain the vitality and integrity of the City's housing stock and achieve a number of community goals.
Goal: Stable Residential Neighborhoods
By staying on top of maintenance issues, residents can preserve and enhance their investment in their property, which benefits them personally and the community as a whole. A property maintenance code will help:
- protect against deteriorating housing
- address minor defects
- help prevent major condition defects that can be unsightly, unsafe, and can impact neighboring properties
Goal: Objective Minimum Exterior Standards
Property maintenance codes offer a practical approach to correcting property maintenance issues before they become problems for neighbors and costly for homeowners. Some examples include exterior:
- decks doors
Goal: Provide City Staff a Tool to Manage Property Maintenance Complaints
A property maintenance code will help the City work with property owners to maintain their properties. When the City inspector determines a property is out of compliance according to the City ordinance, he or she will work with the responsible party to understand options and make corrections.
Outdoor Property Maintenance Inspections
Under the code, inspectors address outdoor maintenance problems they spot while evaluating Golden Valley neighborhoods. Inspectors evaluate a third of Golden Valley homes per year.
The goal is to encourage people to find and fix maintenance concerns well before they lead to neighbor complaints. Those who receive violations have a designated time to fix the problem and will pay fines if they don't comply.
When a City inspector determines a property is out of compliance according to the City ordinance, he or she will issue a correction order to the responsible party of that property. The compliance order will state a reasonable amount of time for corrections to be made.
Non-compliance will result in a fine assessed through an administrative citation (fines will not exceed the maximum penalty for misdemeanor violation by state law).