Chapter 22 PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS*
Section 22-194 False complaints.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly make
a false complaint against the owner
of any structure or relating to any structure subject to the inspection provisions of this article.
(b) A false complaint shall be presumed to be knowingly made
where such complaint is the
third or more complaint made with respect to any structure or any owner by such person, in any
twelve-month period, where inspections pursuant to such complaints fail to reveal any violation
of the provisions of city ordinance upon inspection by housing inspectors of the city. This
presumption shall be rebuttable.
(c) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall
be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor and, upon conviction therefor, shall be fined an amount of not less than twenty
dollars ($20.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00), or by imprisonment in the city jail
for not exceeding three (3) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each false complaint
shall constitute a separate offense.
(d) In addition to the criminal remedies herein provided
for, the city counselor is hereby
authorized to pursue any person who knowingly makes a false complaint, who shall be liable for
the city's actual costs of inspection resulting from such complaint.
(Code 1964, § 11.1210)