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Gloria Argueta

San Francisco, CA: (Jul-19-07) The city brought a lawsuit against Gloria Argueta, a landlord who topped a 2006 Department of Building Inspection list of delinquent property owners. Argueta has been the subject of two previous city lawsuits and topped the 2006 list of property owners who had liens put against their buildings for lack of code compliance and payment of fees. When the list was made public last July, she owed $3,700. Argueta claimed that the lawsuit and subsequent trial was unfair, as she had a tenant who owed a year's rent had been purposely breaking things at the property in order to keep the case open and withhold rent. According to Department of Building Inspection reports, repairs that still need to be completed include fixing rotted exterior stairways at two properties, broken windows at two properties, egress obstructions at two properties, and installing locks, handrails and heat at the Folsom Street property. In a settlement reached, Argueta will have to pay $125,000 in fines, as well as $277,000 in court costs and attorney fees. An injunction orders Argueta to bring her properties up to code within 120 days of the judgment. [EXAMINER: PROPERTY CODES]

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Published on Jul-21-07


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