Excerpt from General Municipal Ordinances of the City of Oakland, California, in Effect November 1, 1912
Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Oakland as follows: Section 1. Whenever, in the judgment of the Building Inspector or the Fire Marshal of the City of Oakland, any building or strue ture in the City of Oakland or any part of such building or strue ture, or any appurtenances or fixtures thereto, or any wall, chim ney, smokestack, stove, oven, furnace, or thing connected with such building or structure, shall, from any cause whatever, be in a con dition to be dangerous to persons or property, or shall be dam aged by fire or decay, or by both fire and decay, to the extent of forty per cent of its actual value at the time of construction of such building or structure, said value to be estimated above the line of sidewalk in front of such building or structure, the Building In spector or Fire Marshal shall immediately give notice in writing to the owner or owners of such premises, or to the agent of such owner or owners, or to the person having control of such building or structure if the owner cannot be found, to remove the same forthwith; and the person receiving such notice shall, within five days after receiving the same, comply with the requirements there of. In the event of a dispute between the person receiving such notice and the Building Inspector or Fire Marshal, as to the amount of damage caused by fire and decay or by fire or decay, said dis pute shall be determined by arbitration of competent mechanics; the owner of such building or structure or other person in control of such building or structure to select one arbitrator, and the Build ing Inspector or Fire Marshal to select the otherrand in case the arbitrators so chosen cannot agree, they shall select a third, and the decision of the majority of such arbitrators shall be final and conclusive. All expenses of such arbitration shall be paid by the owner or owners of such building or structure.
Sec. 2. Whenever any unoccupied building or buildings in the City of Oakland are not properly secured or enclosed the Building Inspector or Fire Marshal shall immediately visit such premises and notify the owner or owners, agent or agents, or the person having control of the same, of the condition of such unoccupied building or buildings and to have such building or buildings, within ten days after the receipt of such notice, properly secured and enclosed so as to prevent evilly disposed persons from gaining access thereto.
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