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Site and Grounds

The site of the structure, outside grounds and home have to be sound, safe, and in a good state of repair in order for it to be considered adequate shelter for individuals to have privacy and expect reasonable protection of their physical and mental health. There are numerous possible problems which can lead to potential disease and injury. They are related to the site which has been chosen, the building exterior, the building interior, the building systems, common areas, etc. Some problems of the outside of the structure include areas of erosion, holes in the ground, standing water, falling down fences, damaged retaining walls, cracks in pavement and fire ants; children’s play area equipment, deteriorating paint, unprotected swimming pools, hanging or choking hazards, and damaged surfaces; loose railings or damaged outside steps; overflowing septic tank systems, stormwater systems that function improperly; and contaminated wells.

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