Examples of Code Violations
Issues NOT handled by Code Enforcement
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- Tenant / Landlord Issues
- Property Line or Boundary Line Disputes between Neighbors
- Environmental Health Issues. Including Mold, Rodents, Bed Bugs, Fleas, and other pests.
- Building repairs that DO NOT require a permit
- Manufactured/ Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Issues
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- Ordinance 18-3911 Adopted July 3, 2018.
- Impound Provisions Implemented KMC 10.04.050
- Limits on Parking on City Streets and City Property - KMC 10.12.020
Abandoned vehicles parked on city streets is a problem every city contends with, and the City of Kelso is no exception. Abandoned vehicles cause blight within the city, can cause traffic issues, and can be viewed as a safety concern, as fluids frequently leak onto the street and in turn into the storm water system.. But what exactly is an abandoned vehicle? And when is it subject to impoundment?
Under RCW, the term “abandoned vehicle” is a specific term used by tow truck operators and refers to impounded vehicles left abandoned in their storage yards. What we’re really talking about, at least under RCW, is “unauthorized vehicles”. RCW 46.55.010 defines an unauthorized vehicle in the public right-of-way this way:
RCW 46.55.010 (14) a (ii) "Unauthorized vehicle" means a vehicle that is subject to impoundment after being left unattended in one of the following public or private locations for the indicated period of time:
Subject to removal after:
Once a vehicle has been determined to be an unauthorized vehicle, it can be tagged by law enforcement, and, if not moved within a 24-hour period (Kelso PD traditionally has given vehicle owners 48 hours as a courtesy), be subject to impoundment. KMC10.04.050. What does unattended mean? For purposes of this section, the city interprets unattended to mean a vehicle that is not being driven regularly and is essentially being stored on the city street.
On January 8, 2009 a landslide knocked 307 Burcham St, an occupied residence, off its foundation. The home was rendered uninhabitable, and various efforts by the city over the years to have the home owner abate the dangerous structure proved difficult.
A new owner took possession of the property in August 2017, and abatement efforts with this group were ultimately successful. The structure was demolished March 9, 2018.
Tall grass hinders visibility along street and at corner - before & after.
Tree over roadway - before & after.
Issues NOT Handled by Code Enforcement
- Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington State and Northwest Justice Project
- Tenants Union of Washington State
Washington State’s Landlord Mitigation Law (RCW 43.31.605) became effective on June 7th of 2018 to provide landlords with an incentive and added security to work with tenants receiving rental assistance. The program offers up to $1,000 to the landlord in reimbursement for some potentially required move-in upgrades, up to fourteen days’ rent loss and up to $5,000 in qualifying damages caused by a tenant during tenancy.
Fences that meet height and set back requirements - KMC 17.22.080
Cosmetic repairs - painting, carpeting, cabinetry, countertops - IRC R105.1 6.
Siding and roofing repairs - IRC R105.2.2 (A complete re-roof requires a permit)
Accessory sheds under 200 sq. ft. and meet set back requirements - IRC R105.2 1.
Window replacement, like for like size.