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A Police detective presents the case to the Use Nuisance Appeals Board. The detective presents the case from file notes, arrest reports and information about the case received from the investigating officers.
The Board must determine three things. First, is this a public nuisance? Second, did the appellant have the knowledge of the illegal activity? Third, what should be done about the nuisance?
Possible decisions of the Board include:Ordering only the guilty resident(s) off the premises immediately and allowing the other residents to remain in the property;Ordering all the residents to leave the premises immediately;Giving residents a specified number of days they can remain in the premises before being subject to arrest;Giving a 365-day probationary vacate order, which means resident can remain in the premises but are subject to immediate removal if there is another occurrence within the 365 days; and finally, but not often:Ordering the property completely vacated and not habitable for 365 days. This usually only happens when a landlord is not cooperative.
The Use Nuisance Appeals Board makes a final, appealable decision and that order is created and kept on file in the City of Dayton One-Stop Center, located at 371 West Second Street, Dayton, OH. A landlord may receive a copy of the decision order upon request.
It sometimes happens that no one is ordered off the property by the Use Nuisance Appeals Board. But a landlord, of his or her own accord, may evict the tenants as a result of learning of the tenants’ illegal activities.
Citizens can help by contacting the Department of Police with observed violations or suspicions so that an investigation can be made and, ultimately, legal orders issued by the Police. Nuisance Abatement cannot occur until this happens. Citizens are encouraged to call the Dayton Police Department Drug Hotline at 333-DRUG (3784) with information about this type of activity.