Residential health and safety code violations

At their June 6 meeting, City Council approved a couple of resolutions directing city staff to develop ordinances for more effective enforcement of health and safety codes.

20130606-049 deals with enhanced penalties for repeat offenders:

Initiate a code amendment to create a repeat offenders program so that after the second health and safety code citation within one year at a given rental property, the property will be required to register with the city, and will be subject to appropriate fees for registration that shall cover the cost of the program, as well as any inspections that the Director of Code Compliance deems necessary to ensure compliance with health and safety codes. … Develop a comprehensive plan for using existing tools, including utility cutoffs, referral of appropriate cases to the Justice of the Peace courts, and a checklist of dangerous conditions, to ensure that recurring health and safety violations are promptly abated. … The City Council strongly encourages City prosecutors, even in advance of any Code amendments, as an integral part of their role in seeking justice, to weigh heavily the number and severity of prior citations in determining what financial penalties to seek for violations of public health and safety codes, and to the extent consistent with justice, to restrict negotiation with repeat offenders and seek the maximum penalty allowable by law, in order to ensure the public health and safety of Austin residents

20130606-050 is a pilot rental registration program for several areas in the city, including our neighborhood:

The program should include names and contact information for local property managers, periodic scheduled inspections, and a listing of tenant’s names if feasible given privacy concerns. This program should require registration for multifamily rental properties and identify conditions under which registration for single family or duplex rental properties would be required.

Map showing FY2012 rental properties with Code complaints

Listing of multifamily properties with more than one Code Compliance notice of violation in FY2011-13
Addresses in our neighboorhood are:
10010 Brownie Dr – owner Miguel Montano
10209 Brownie Dr – owner Mai Tran
10403 Brownie Dr – owner Andy Tong
10119 Diamondback Trl – owner Andy Tong
104 W Lola Dr
212 W Lola Dr
707 Carpenter Ave – owner Vincent Hazen
8005 Georgian Dr
8312 N IH 35
8800 N IH 35
8900 N IH 35

Counts of rental properties with Code complaints or violations in FY2011-13

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The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood is a diverse and connected mixed-use area bounded by 183, North Lamar, Braker, and I-35. The "North Lamar/Georgian Acres contact team" (NLCT) works to achieve our vision of a safe healthy neighborhood for residents, property owners, and businesses.
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