48-31.   General 
Scope. The provisions of this section shall govern the minimum conditions and the responsibilities of
persons for maintenance of structures, equipment and exterior property. 
Responsibility. The owner of the premises shall maintain the structures and exterior property in
compliance with these requirements, except as otherwise provided for in this Code. A person shall not
occupy as owner-occupant or permit another person to occupy premises which are not in a sanitary and
safe condition and which do not comply with the requirements of this section. Occupants of a dwelling
unit, rooming unit or housekeeping unit are responsible for keeping in a clean, sanitary and safe
condition that part of the dwelling unit, rooming unit, housekeeping unit or premises which they occupy
and control.