What is a Building Code Violation?

terri-october-week-3-img-hut-944051_1920 Building codes are put into place in order to protect the safety of people who work in, enter, or live in buildings of all kinds. In the state of New Jersey building codes are upheld by the Division of Codes and Standards, and they oversee such disparate structures as hotels and apartment buildings, commercial buildings and amusement rides, homes and office buildings. Court cases involving violations of building codes are heard in the state’s municipal courts, and specifically in the court that is associated with where the violation occurred. If you have been charged with a building code violation in South Jersey, you want representation by an attorney who has extensive experience in the state’s municipal courts. Richard M. Josselson has represented clients in New Jersey’s court for nearly four decades.

Building code violations are any type of condition that can put a person’s health or safety at risk. Some of the most common examples of building code violations include:

  • Broken windows or windows that will not open as they are supposed to
  • Vacant buildings that are vulnerable to trespass
  • Buildings that are missing downspouts or gutters
  • Buildings whose exterior or interior paint is peeling
  • Buildings that are without handrails and guardrails by decks and stairs, or where those safety features are loose or broken
  • Buildings with unprotected or abandoned swimming pools
  • Buildings with unstable floors or that have missing floor coverings
  • Buildings with flooding basements or leaking roofs
  • Buildings that are missing smoke detectors or where they smoke detectors are not operating properly
  • Commercial establishments with inoperable restrooms
  • Buildings with inoperable or inadequate heat or hot water or an inoperable or inadequate water supply
  • Overcrowded homes or apartment buildings
  • Cracks and openings in exterior walls or foundations
  • Raw sewage
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Inadequate lighting in public stairs or hallways
  • Inoperative or inadequate electrical outlets or switches
  • Exposed electrical wires
  • Grass or weeds that have grown in excess of twelve inches tall
  • Excessive waste stored outside, such as tires, garbage, vehicle parts
  • Construction noise
  • Impassable streets or sidewalks as a result of overgrowth of shrubs and bushes
  • Illegally created bedrooms or apartments
  • Crumbling ceilings
  • Fire code violations
  • Broken staircases
  • Handicapped accessibility problems
  • Improper bathroom venting

Building code violations can be cited against the owners of private homes as well as commercial buildings, and if you have been accused of being out of compliance with the law, you need to respond appropriately or face high fines and penalties or worse. Additionally, a violation of a building code can put you at risk of negligence in a personal injury lawsuit. Richard M. Josselson is an experienced municipal court attorney who has the experience and knowledge you need to help you address the charges against you. He will provide you with a strong defense designed to get the violations charges dismissed or to provide you with the time that you need to address the situation and make it right. Call us today for more information.

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