condemned premises

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A residential or public building that has been declared unfit for human use or occupancy on the basis of health and/or safety criteria after official inspection. Local public health authorities usually are responsible for deciding whether premises should be condemned, and in most jurisdictions they have an obligation to specify the reason. This may be inadequacy of facilities for preparing and cooking meals, unsanitary toilets, overcrowding, lack of ventilation, a combination of factors, or fire hazard, which may be a decision made by the fire marshal, often in collaboration with public health authorities.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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