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17.24.015 Obligation of Property Owner for Structures in the Street Area.

The owner of any real property shall be responsible for maintaining any structures in the half of the street area abutting the owner’s property, whether such structures are under City permit or not, except that the abutting owner shall not be responsible for the maintenance of structures which have been installed by other than the abutting owner under a permit or other authority granted by the City of Portland.

The abutting property owner shall be liable to any person who is injured or otherwise suffers damage by reason of the property owner’s failure to keep any structure located in the half of the street area immediately abutting his or her property in safe condition and good repair.  Furthermore, said abutting property owner shall be liable to the City of Portland, its officers, agents and employees, for any judgment or expense incurred or paid by the City its officers, agents or employees, by reason of the existence of any such structure in the street area.