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Housing Maintenance Code

CHAPTER 2
HOUSING MAINTENANCE CODE

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SUBCHAPTER 2
MAINTENANCE, SERVICES, AND UTILITIES

ARTICLE 12
Miscellaneous Services and Facilities

Section
27-2047 Mail Service
27-2048 Floor Signs
27-2049 Street Numbers
27-2050 Inspection of Required Sprinklers in Converted Dwellings and Dwellings Used for Single Room Occupancy
27-2051 Maintenance of Rooming Units


Sec. 27-2047 Mail service

The owner of a multiple dwelling shall either:

  1. Arrange for mail to be delivered to himself or herself, his or her agents, or employees for prompt distribution to the occupants; or

  2. Provide and maintain approved mail receptacles and directories of persons living in the dwelling, as provided by federal law and by the regulations of the post office department.

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Sec. 27-2048 Floor signs

The owner of a multiple dwelling more than two stories in height shall post and maintain a sign, of sufficient size to be readily seen, which states the number of the floor. Such signs shall be located in the public hall near the stairs and elevator, and within any stair enclosure.

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Sec. 27-2049 Street numbers

The owner of a dwelling shall post and maintain street numbers on the dwelling, which are plainly visible from the sidewalk in front of the dwelling, in accordance with section 3-505 of the administrative code and the rules and regulations issued by the borough presidents thereunder.

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Sec. 27-2050 Inspection of required sprinklers in converted dwellings and dwellings used for single room occupancy
  1. In every converted dwelling, or in every tenement used, in whole or in part, for single room occupancy in which a sprinkler system has been installed pursuant to the requirements of the multiple dwelling law, the owner shall have an annual test and inspection of such sprinkler system made by a licensed plumber or sprinkler system contractor.

  2. For the purposes of such test, the owner shall provide an angle hose valve or sill cock threaded on the outlet side for standard garden hose couplings at the extreme end of the highest line of sprinklers. A piece of garden hose ten feet in length with female coupling shall be kept on the premises. There shall be available for use by the tester a pail of at least ten quarts capacity.

  3. The person conducting the inspection shall perform the following tests:
    1. Obtain and record the static pressure at the test valve by means of a hydraulic gauge.

    2. Connect the test hose to the test valve and drain off into a pail or other suitable receptacle not less than ten quarts of water to insure that the system is operative and that there is a full and free flow of water.

    3. Check the valve on the main supply to the system making certain the valve is fully open and sealed in such open position.

    4. Check the system to insure that all sprinkler heads are in place, and shall incorporate in his or her report the findings.
  1. The owner, resident manager or janitor shall witness the test.

  2. A report of the test, signed by the tester and witness, shall be filed, within ten days thereafter, with the superintendent of buildings for the borough in which the dwelling is located; and a copy of such report shall be kept on the premises in the care of the owner, resident manager or janitor.

  3. If the system is found defective, the owner or his or her authorized agent shall notify the fire commissioner through the local firehouse and the superintendent within twenty-four hours after the test, and shall promptly cure such defect.

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Sec. 27-2051 Maintenance of rooming units

A manager, who may be the owner, shall reside in every rooming house or multiple dwelling used for single room occupancy, except that two adjoining or connected rooming houses may be under the same supervision. The manager shall be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the dwelling.

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