Yes, dogs must be on leashes, and the leash must be held by the person at all times at Horseshoe Lake, Lower Lake and Southerly Parks. Outside these parks, dogs are required to be on leashes or under the control of their owners at all times so as not to create a nuisance. (Section 705.02 C.O.)
Violations of certain City laws (i.e., ordinances) at a residential property may be declared nuisances if they are engaged in by (a) the owner, (b) any occupant, or (c) any guest of the owner or any occupant. If the Police find that two or more violations occur within a 12-month period, the owner may be sent a notice declaring the property a “nuisance,” and then after a third violation, the Police may send a notice and charge police response costs for the third and any subsequent violation within 12 months. (Chapter 109 C.O.)
Yes, the owner may file an appeal with the Chief of Police for any notice sent under this law within 30 days of the date of the notice. If the Chief determines the facts do not support the declaration of nuisance, the Chief will rescind the notice. If the Chief finds that the facts do support the declaration, the Board of Appeals will hear the appeal. An appeal will not stop the City from taking enforcement action or pursuing criminal prosecution.
On appeal, in order to overturn the nuisance declaration, the owner must show that:
He/she was not the owner at the time of any one of the nuisance activities
He/she had knowledge of the nuisance activity, but took action to stop the activity from occurring
He/she had no knowledge, but as soon as he/she received notice, the owner took action to stop it from happening again.
No! Federal fair housing law and regulations prohibit a landlord from charging a double security deposit when a reasonable modification is made by a tenant. However, the tenant may have to bear the cost of any modifications. The tenant is responsible for restoring changes he or she made to the interior only if, upon termination, the changes would interfere with the use of the apartment by future tenants. The Ohio and Shaker Heights Fair Housing Acts have similar requirements.
No. It is not possible to guarantee that any rate will be the lowest over any particular period of time. The natural gas market is extremely volatile and is subject to many outside forces such as weather conditions and the overall economy, as well as to natural and manmade disasters.
The City is a member of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for its electric aggregation program. The participants in NOPEC’s Program receive electricity supplied by FirstEnergy Solutions (FES). NOPEC/FES offer several options for residents and small businesses, including a percentage off of CEI’s rate and several fixed rates, including a green option. Visit the NOPEC and/or NOPEC/FES webpages for more information.
Grass over six inches tall is a violation of the Housing Code and is classified as a nuisance. The City may issue a notice once in a growing season to the owner of a property that any violations of the ordinance may result in the City cutting the grass and sending the owner an invoice for the City’s cost, which will be, at minimum, $100. If the invoice is not paid, the amount is placed on the property taxes for that owner. (See Sections 1412.03 and 1411.25, and Chapter 107 C.O.)
All bicycle operators and passengers over five years of age must wear properly sized ANSI or SNELL approved helmets with fastened chinstraps. Required equipment includes such things as properly colored reflectors and audible warning devices. (Section 381.07 C.O.)
Persons selling goods or services door-to-door in the City must obtain a license, unless they are specifically exempted. Any person required to obtain a license may solicit door-to-door only between 9 am and one half-hour after sunset.
The following persons are not required to obtain a license or pay a license fee, but must register with the Police Department:
Any person soliciting or peddling newspapers or anything which such person has personally manufactured, raised, or produced.
Any person soliciting the rendering of personal services to be performed by the person so soliciting.
Any person soliciting contributions for, or offering for sale, any goods or publications for any religious, charitable, civic, educational, or political organization.
Any person not required to obtain a license may solicit only from 9 am to 9 pm.
Any person soliciting contributions without selling any goods or services, or going door-to-door to speak with residents, is not required to register with the Police or obtain a license. However, for the safety of the person and the community, the City encourages such persons to notify the Police of their intention, location, and time period to go door-to-door. (For more information, see Chapter 545 C.O.)
No. The use of powered snow removal equipment is a specific exception to the law prohibiting domestic power tool use late at night and in the early morning hours. There is no time restriction for the use of such equipment.