City sues landlord of 26th Ave apartment building for building violations and rodent infestation

505 26th Avenue at Geary

505 26th Avenue at Geary

The Examiner reports today that City Attorney Dennis Herrera has brought suit against Yick On Wong, the building owner and landlord of 505 26th Avenue for “letting his rental properties in the Richmond District and Nob Hill fall into such a state of disrepair that rodents took up shop, feces accumulated and doors and windows were left broken.”

Wong has ignored many building code violations and abatement orders issued by the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection over several years.

“For more than a decade, Wong has refused to meet his most basic obligations as a landlord, including providing heat to his tenants,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera told the San Francisco Examiner.

DBI has received at least 112 complaints regarding the 505 26th Avenue property since 1997, which is a three-story building, with three ground-floor commercial units and five residential units.

The suit also alleges violations that include mold, a gas leak, damaged walls and ceilings, peeling paint that poses a lead hazard, hazardous plumbing conditions, illegal unit subdivision, inadequate lighting, missing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and deteriorating rear exterior stairs and deck space.

The lawsuit also names Wong’s other San Francisco property at 1254-56 Leavenworth.

Sarah B.

One Comment

  1. Seems strange that tenants can be illegally denied heat with no timely recourse.

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