General. The Code official shall order the owner of any premises upon which is located any structure,
which in the Code officials judgment is so old, dilapidated or has become so out of repair as to be
dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation or occupancy, and such that it is
unreasonable to repair the structure, to demolish and remove such structure; or if such structure is
capable of being made safe by repairs, to repair and make safe and sanitary or to demolish and remove at
the owners option; or where there has been a cessation of normal construction of any structure for a
period of more than six months, to demolish and remove such structure. The structure shall be deemed
irreparable if the cost of repairs exceeds fifty percent of the fair market value of the structure.
Notices and orders. All notices and orders shall comply with Section 48-7.
Failure to comply. If the owner of a premise fails to comply with a demolition order within the time
prescribed, the Code official shall cause the structure to be demolished and removed, either through an
available public agency or by contract or arrangement with private persons, and the cost of such
demolition and removal shall be charged against the real estate upon which the structure is located and
shall be a lien upon such real estate.
Salvage materials. When any structure has been ordered demolished and removed, the
or other designated officer under said contract or arrangement aforesaid shall have the right to sell the
salvage and valuable materials at the highest price obtainable. The net proceeds of such sale, after
deducting the expenses of such demolition and removal, shall be promptly remitted with a report of such
sale or transaction, including the items of expense and the amounts deducted, for the person who is
entitled thereto, subject to any order of a court. If such a surplus does not remain to be turned over, the
report shall so state.