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My name's Kel.
What sort of review would you like?
Would you ship me the inspection?
The items you've listed are maintenance, building and fire code issues.
Are all pertaining to the health, welfare and safety of the tenants.
The Code refers to the need for a hygienic surface in a kitchen. Meaning one that won't absorb spills and is easy to clean.
My experience with some inspections departments is
they'll work with you to find reasonable ways to fulfill the code.
If cash flow's an issue
if you propose a reasonable schedule to complete the work over a period of months they'll usually accept it.
Perhaps something along these lines --
fire code work in attic first month, maintenance code issue of flooring in kitchen the next month, the sagging ceiling the third month.
In my experience these issues would not be considered reaching to shut someone down.
If you make a good faith proposal and maintain the schedule I don't see the need for your partners to run.
Does my response make sense?
My family used to have a vacation house in the Poconos.
Between White Haven and FE Walter Dam.
Are you in Wilkes Barre?
If the panel's for access to the tub drain then it needs to be removable.
There may be a Fire Code issue.
There may need to be a higher rated panel than what's there to reduce the chance of flames being pulled around the panel to the next floor.
As I say
most of my experience is with Inspections having a policy of slowly increasing the safety standards of the housing stock over a period of years. The local officials may have investigated a number of local fires where there was death, injury or excessive damage due to flame spread through unprotected attics.
your insurance rates will decrease at the safety level of your building increases.
If the inspector is being unreasonable
try the supervisor.
Have you spoken with your city council representative?
There's always the possibility of litigation.
Most jurisdictions enforce the Spirit of the Law not the Letter of the Law with older structures.
When you mention this is the 6th round of new violations --
over how long a period of time?
I don't know if this's any help --
if you and other landlords have a pattern of regulatory abuse
have you considered going to the media?
You can get legal relief if they're demands are excessive, but that takes time and your money.
If none of my answers are helpful
I'll opt-out and someone else can try and assist.
Let me know.
Have only been in the Pittston area once.
Sounds like the code supervisor should be replaced.
The issue is policy --
that is --
the way the Codes are enforced by the City.
I'd get as many of your fellow land lords together and get on the City Council agenda to discuss how the Codes are enforced for older buildings.
some thing's got to change.