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EVANSTON EXISTING STRUCTURES CODE

A Checklist of Common Violations

COMMON AREAS - EXTERIOR

1    Address numbers not affixed to building's entrance [302.1.1]

2    Address numbers not affixed to building at alley [302.1.1]

3    Address numbers < 3" high [302.1.1]

4    Foundation wall with hole or crack when > 1/16" wide or 1 1/2"
     in diameter or more than 4 < 1 1/2" in diameter [302.3.1]

5    Exterior wall with bricks or mortar between bricks missing
     [302.3.2]

6    Exterior wall with hole, crack, loose or rotting wood, or
     without proper surface coating [302.3.2]

7    Exterior wall with peeling paint in one location > 36 in.2, 9
     linear in. on a frame, or in > 5 lesser areas on a plane
     [302.3.2]

8    Window frames or sills with peeling paint in one location > 36
     in.2, 9 linear in. on a frame, or in > 5 lesser areas on a
     plane [302.3.2]

9    Window frames or sills with loose or rotting wood or without
     proper surface coating [302.3.2]

10   Eaves, fascia, soffits, or oriel windows not in good repair
     [302.3]

11   Cornice, entablature, belt course, corbel, terra cotta trim,
     wall facing and similar decorative features not in good repair
     or without proper anchorage [302.3.4]

12   Lintel over door or window defective [302.3]

13   Sidewalk, driveway, parking space, and other similar paved
     areas in disrepair or not free of snow and ice [301.5]

14   Debris or overhanging tree or shrub obstructs walkway [301.5]

15   Weeds or plant growth > 8" in yard [301.6]

16   Animal matter decaying on property [801.1]

17   Fence not structurally sound or in good repair [301.9]

18   Garage not structurally sound or in good repair [301.9]

19   Graffiti on exterior surfaces [302.5]

20   Material stacked or stored within 12" of building [801.9]

21   Accumulation of rubbish, garbage, lumber, or other material
     provides rat harborage [801.10/301.1]

22   Stored material not elevated 18" above ground or floor
     [801.10]

23   Garbage or rubbish can not leakproof, without tightfitting
     cover, inadequate number, or missing [801.4-5]

24   Stagnant water on poorly graded premises (seven days after
     rainfall) [301.2]

25   Inoperable motor vehicle parked on property [301.10.1]

    
VESTIBULE

26   Mailbox broken, no key, no lock [801.7]

27   Doorbell, buzzer, or intercom inoperable [801.7]

28   Floor, walls, or ceiling not in good repair [303.3]

29   Illumination inadequate in vestibule (60 watt bulb) [401.3]

     ROOF

30   Roof not watertight [302.3.3]

31   Skylight not watertight [302.4]

32   Roof drainage inadequate for rain water to run off [302.3.3]

33   Coping missing or defective [302.3.2]

34   Parapet wall not in good repair [302.3.2]

35   Cover over roof opening missing [302.3.2]

36   Gutter with holes or other defects [302.3.3]

37   Downspout broken or defective [302.3.3]

38   Chimney not in good repair [302.3.6]

    
LIGHTING

39   Lighting inadequate at entry to building (60 watt bulb or 5
     foot candles at 3' above threshold 3' in front of door)
     [903.4/5--7--6-2:(L)]

40   Lighting inadequate at back of building (60 watt bulb) [903.4]

41   Lighting in common hall or stairway inadequate at all times
     (60 watt bulb) [401.3]

42   Lighting fixture missing from public hall, interior stairway,
     laundry room, or furnace room [602.1.2]

    
DOORS

43   Door from outside, garage, or leading into stairwells not
     equipped with self-closing device [5--7--6-2:(A)]

44   Door leading to apartment door not equipped with self-locking
     device [5--7--6-2:(A)]

45   Exterior door with no strike plate [302.4.6]

46   Glass pane or panel in exterior door cracked, broken, with
     hole [302.4.5]

47   Self-closing device on front or back security door not
     latching door by itself [801.7]

48   Exterior door and frame not excluding rain completely and wind
     substantially from entering dwelling unit [302.4]

49   Exterior door not fitted reasonably in its frame [302.4.1]

    
STAIRS

50   Stoop with cracked and deteriorated concrete [302.3.7]

51   Balcony loose, worn, dangerous [302.3.7]

52   Porch with unsound floor, loose or rotting supports, missing
     or defective members, dilapidated and dangerous [302.3.7]

53   Stairs with risers not uniform (vary > 3/8") [302.3.7]

54   Stairs with risers > 8" in height [302.3.7]

55   Stairs with treads not uniform (vary > 3/8") [302.3.7]

56   Stairs with treads < 9" in width [302.3.7]

57   Stairs without nonskid surfaces [302.3.7]

58   Treads not securely fastened or not in a substantially level
     position [302.3.7]

59   Stairs with peeling paint, rotted wood, without proper surface
     coating [302.3.7]

60   Stairs not free of hazardous conditions, such as snow and ice
     [302.3.7]

61   Pigeon feces on stairs [302.3.7]

62   Stairs with > 4 risers without handrail [302.3.7]

63   Stairs with handrail < 30" or > 34" high [302.3.7]

64   Stairs with guardrail < 30" high on landings [302.3.7]

65   Porch or balcony with guardrail < 30" high [302.3.7]

66   Guardrail or handrail not firmly fastened and in good
     condition [302.3.7]

67   Stairway landings, walls, or ceiling with hole, crack, peeling
     paint or deteriorated plaster [303.3]

68   Stairwell window missing sash cord [302.4.3]

69   Stairwell window screen missing, with tear or hole, not
     tightfitting [302.4.4]

70   Stairwell window with cracked pane [302.4.3]

71   Stairwell with hole in wall [303.3]

72   Carpeting on stairs loose, frayed, or with holes [302.3.7]

73   Corridor floor, walls, ceiling with hole, crack, peeling paint
     or deteriorated plaster [303.3]

    
FIRE

74   Fire escape not in good repair, properly anchored, not
     protected by paint [302.3.5/302.3.7]

75   Interior stairs do not meet the same standards as exterior
     stairs [303.8.1]

76   Unobstructed egress not provided [701.1/702.1]

77   Exit sign not visible or illuminated [701.5]

78   Building > 2 stories with < 2 exits [701.6]

79   Fire extinguisher not visible, accessible, or maintained
     [704.5]

80   Fire door not in good repair or hold-open devices used [705.1]

    
BASEMENT

81   Basement door deteriorated [302.4.6]

82   Basement floor with stagnant water [301.2]

83   Basement or laundry room window with cracked pane [302.4.2]

84   Basement with open fuse box or break in circuit breaker box
     [602.2]

85   No tight fitting cover for rubbish container in laundry room
     [801.2]

86   Basement with missing grate over drain [503.2]

87   No drain for water spillage from washing machines, allows
     water to accumulate on the laundry room floor [505.1]

88   Basement window without rat-proof shield or other material to
     prevent entry of rodents [302.4.7]

89   Clothes dryer not properly vented [402.6]

90   Water pipes not protected from freezing, not insulated in
     unheated space [503.1]

91   Boiler not inspected within past two years [601.5]

92   ELEVATOR not inspected within 12 months [603.1]

93   Inspection certificate not posted for passenger or freight
     elevator [603.1]

APARTMENT INTERIOR

     DOORS

94   Front or back door to apartment not weathertight [302.4.1]

95   Front or back door without deadbolt lock, without 1" throw [5-
     -7--6-2:(B)]

96   Front or back door with double cylinder lock when only one
     exit unless key cannot be removed [303.7]

97   No cylinder guard on mortise or rim-type lock when projection
     beyond surface of front or back door [5--7--6-2:(E)]

98   Front or back door with no peephole [5--7--6-2:(D)]

99   Back door with glass which is not burglar resistant [5--7--6-
     2:(C)]

100  Vision panel within 40" of lock to apartment door without
     burglar resistant material [5--7--6-2:(C)]

101  Front or back door does not open or shut easily [302.4.5]

102  Front or back door does not latch [302.4.5]

103  Front or back door with defective lock or without key
     [302.4.5]

104  Door opening to outside missing screen (4/1-10/31) [302.4.4]

105  Screen door with < 16 mesh/in., with holes > 1/2" in diameter,
     or with 4 holes with diameter between 1/4" and 1/2", or
     otherwise not tightfitting [302.4.4]

106  Swinging screen door without functioning self-closing device
     [302.4.4]

    
SPACE

107  Cooking facility or appliance in sleeping room or dormitory
     unit [402.4]

108  Bedroom without 70 ft2 for one and 50 ft2 for each if > one
     [404.1]

109  No access through bedroom to other habitable rooms [403.1]

110  No access to bathroom through another bedroom [404.1.1]

111  Kitchen < 50 ft2 [404.2.1]

112  Living and dining room areas < 200 ft2 with 3-5 occupants
     [404.2.1]

113  Living and dining room areas < 250 ft2 with 6 or more
     occupants [404.2.1]

114  Kitchen or bathroom used as bedroom [404.3]

115  Ceiling height < 7 1/3' (except for original construction)
     [404.4]

116  Habitable spaces < 7' wide [404.6]

117  Kitchen space < 3' wide between counters, appliances, and
     walls [404.6]

118  Interior door won't close (missing strike plate) [801.7]

    
PLUMBING

119  No toilet or lavatory [501.1.1], no bathtub or shower
     [501.1.2], or no kitchen sink [501.1.3]

120  Bathroom lacks privacy, door can't be closed (missing strike
     plate) [502.1]

121  Access to bathroom through bedroom [502.2]

122  Access to outdoors through bathroom [502.2]

123  No cold water in kitchen sink, lavatory, or bathtub/shower
     [504.1]

124  No hot water in kitchen sink, lavatory, or bathtub/shower
     [504.1]

125  Flow of hot or cold water in bathroom sink < 2 gpm [504.3]

126  Flow of hot or cold water in kitchen sink < 3 gpm [504.3]

127  Flow of hot or cold water in shower < 3 gpm [504.3]

128  Flow of hot or cold water in bathtub < 4 gpm [504.3]

129  Hot water temperature < 1150 F. (460 C.) [504.4]

130  Faucet, trap, joint, plumbing pipe leaks or defective [503.2]

131  Chipped or worn porcelain > 9 in.2 [503.1]

132  Caulking around kitchen sink, lavatory, bathtub missing or
     cracked [503.1]

133  Toilet doesn't flush or flush completely, runs, or bowl or
     tank cracked or leaks [503.1/504.3]

134  Soap dish, towel rack, or shower rod loose or defective
     [801.7]

135  Toilet seat cracked or broken [801.7] or not constructed of
     nonabsorbent material [503.1]

136  Kitchen sink or lavatory not securely attached to wall or
     pedestal [801.7]

137  Kitchen sink, lavatory, or bathtub/shower drain obstructed or
     drains too slowly [503.2]

138  Stopper for kitchen sink, lavatory, or bathtub missing [801.7]

139  Hole in kitchen or bathroom wall where plumbing pipes enter
     [303.3]

140  Water muddy, rusty, or otherwise contaminated [504.2]

141  Water faucet not located above overflow rim [504.2]

142  Water heater (gas-burning) located in bedroom or bathroom
     [504.4]

143  Water heater (gas-burning) not vented to outdoors [504.4]

144  Plumbing facilities not properly connected to public sewer
     system [505.1]

145  Plumbing stack, waste and sewer line not installed or
     maintained properly [505.2]

146  Storm water disposal system not provided or inadequate [506.1]

    
ELECTRICAL

147  Outlets < 2 in each habitable space [602.1.1]

148  Outlet, switch, or light fixture defective [602.3]

149  Outlet in bathroom not grounded [602.1.1]

150  Pull chain for light fixture broken [602.3]

151  Pull chain entirely metal, without insulating links [602.2]

152  Lighting fixture missing from bathroom [602.1.2]

153  Closet not lighted by interior light when illumination
     inadequate from adjacent lighting [401.4]

154  Exposed wires around fixtures or outlets [602.2]

155  Cover over outlets or switches missing [602.2]

156  Light fixture hanging loose by wires [602.2]

157  < 60 ampere, three wire service, when landlord required to do
     electrical work pursuant to 602.3 [602.1.3]

158  Hole in fuse box or space in circuit breaker box [602.2]

159  No access to overcurrent devices in basement [240-24(a)
     N.E.C.]


    
WINDOWS

160  Window loose in frame or not weathertight [302.4.1]

161  Window with rotted wood on sash, sill, or frame [303.3]

162  Window with peeling paint [303.3]

163  Window with deteriorated muntin [303.3]

164  Window opening in or out missing latch to hold closed
     [302.4.3]

165  Window will not open or open easily or upper sash of double
     hung window which won't stay up [302.4.3]

166  Window with broken or missing sash cord or won't stay open
     [302.4.3]

167  Window pane broken or with crack > 2 in. [302.4.2]

168  Window missing putty [302.4.2 & 303.3]

169  Window missing hardware, handles [302.4.3]

170  Window missing screens (4/1-10/31), < 16 mesh/in., with holes
     > 1/2" in diameter, with 4 holes between 1/4" and 1/2" in
     diameter, or otherwise not tight fitting [302.4.4]

171  Window 18' from ground or roof of an adjoinging structure, or
     4' from opposite windows, fire escapes, ledges, or roofs
     without locks [5--7--6-2:(J)]

172  Window of wood and double hung at ground level or accessible
     not equipped with removable sash fasteners to allow window to
     be locked at no more than 4" open [5--7--6-2:(M)]

173  Window area < 8% of floor area [401.2]

174  Openable window area < 45% of minimum window area [402.2]

175  Bathroom without window or mechanical ventilation [402.3]

    
HEAT

176  Heat < 68o F from 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 P.M., < 60o F. from 10:30
     P.M. to 6:00 A.M., or < 65o F. from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.
     (when outside temperature is >-10o F. when measured 3 feet
     from exterior walls and 3 feet above floor) in all rooms
     [601.1]

177  Space heater used as permanent heating equipment [601.4.5]

178  Air conditioning supplied not functioning [601.7]

179  Heating equipment not properly maintained and functioning
     [601.3]

180  Radiator leaks, handwheel missing or won't turn, or pressure
     vent missing [801.7]

    
FLOORS

181  Floor with hole or crack [303.3]

182  Floor with hole around radiator pipe (missing escutcheon
     plate) [303.3]

183  Floor with loose, warped, cracked, protruding, or rotting
     board [303.3]

184  Floor with tile loose, missing, torn or cracked [303.3]

185  Floor in kitchen substantially impervious to water and easily
     cleanable [303.3.2]

186  Floor in bathroom moisture resistant [502.5] and easily
     cleanable [303.3.2]

    
WALLS

187  Wall with hole > 1" in diameter or > 4 smaller holes on one
     plane [303.3]

188  Wall with crack other than hairline [303.3]

189  Wall with peeling paint in one place > 4 X 4 in. or more than
     two smaller areas on one plane [303.3]

190  Wall with cracked, flaking, crumbling, or loose plaster
     [303.3]

191  Wall not clean, sanitary, and properly sealed by paint or
     other washable compounds [303.3]

192  Wall with mold or other growths [303.3]

193  Wall with water leak [303.3]

194  Wall with tile loose, missing, torn or cracked [303.3]

195  Wall of bathroom don't form watertight joint with each other,
     floor, and with bathtub or shower [503.6]

196  Wall of bathroom not smooth, easily cleanable, nontoxic,
     noncorrosive, nonabsorbent, and waterproof material up to a
     height of 48 in. except a shower shall have walls with a
     height of 72 in. [503.6]

197  Lead-based paint on interior or exterior surfaces contains
     lead content > .5% [303.3.1]

    
CEILINGS

198  Ceiling with hole > 1" in diameter or > 4 smaller holes on one
     plane [303.3]

199  Ceiling with crack other than hairline [303.3]

200  Ceiling with peeling paint in one place > 4 X 4 in. or more
     than two smaller areas on one plane [303.3]

201  Ceiling with cracked, flaking, crumbling, or loose plaster
     [303.3]

202  Ceiling not clean, sanitary, and properly sealed by paint or
     other washable compounds [303.3]

203  Ceiling with mold or other growths [303.3]

204  Ceiling with water leak [303.3]

    
OTHER

205  Infestation of cockroaches or other insects [802.4]

206  Infestation of mice or other rodents [802.4]

207  Presence of chemical hazards, such as lead-based paint,
     friable asbestos, hazardous wood-preserving compounds,
     formaldehyde, etc. [907.1]

208  Equipment or fixtures supplied by landlord not maintained in
     good and proper operating condition (mirror, blinds, shades)
     [801.7]

209  Mechanical equipment supplied by landlord not maintained in
     good and proper operating condition (fan, refrigerator,
     dishwasher, garbage disposal) [601.4]

210  Cooking equipment not properly installed or maintained [601.3]

211  Cabinet separating from wall, cabinet door will not close,
     drawer broken, or not in good repair [303.1]

212  Smoke detector < 1 in sleeping area [904.4]

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