Landlord Slapped with $700,000 Fine
The judge told the landlord that the fines were justified because the landlord had been uncooperative in resolving the allegations by city inspectors, according to a news report.
The fines include $200,000 for not installing illuminated exit signs, and another $200,000 for noncomplying smoke detectors. The remaining figure covers items like foundation cracks, deteriorating chimneys, and bad window and door frames.
The landlord was also fined $100,000 for failing to provide officials with a copy of an engineering inspection report, according to the report.
The judge told reporters that absentee landlords cause neighborhood blight.
The city is offering to negotiate a payment plan, according to the report.
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