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(a) Properties subject to this chapter shall be maintained by the owner or mortgagee in a secure manner so as not to be accessible to unauthorized persons.

(b) A “secure manner” shall include, but not be limited to, the closure and locking of windows, doors, gates and other openings of such size that may allow a child to access the interior of the property or structure. Broken windows, doors, gates, and other openings of such size that may allow a child to access the interior of the property or structure must be repaired. Broken windows shall be secured by reglazing of the window.

(c) If a property is registrable, a property manager shall be designated by the mortgagee and/or owner to perform the work necessary to bring the property into compliance with TMC 8.65.060 and the property manager must perform regular inspections to verify compliance with the requirements of this chapter and any other applicable laws.

(d) When a property subject to this chapter becomes vacant, it shall be posted with the name and 24-hour contact telephone number of the property manager. The property manager shall be available to be contacted by City staff Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., legal holidays excepted. The sign, which shall be at least three inches by five inches, shall be placed on the front door. The property manager shall ensure that the sign is made or covered with weather-resistant materials. The sign shall contain the following language with supporting information:

THIS PROPERTY IS MANAGED BY __________. THE PROPERTY MANAGER CAN BE CONTACTED BY TELEPHONE AT ________ OR BY EMAIL AT _________.

(e) Failure of the mortgagee and/or owner to secure a property subject to this chapter, and post and maintain the signage noted in this section, is unlawful and punishable in accordance with TMC 1.10.070. (Ord. 20223 § 7, 11-19-19.)