SAN FRANCISCO—Yick On Wong, landlord for rentals in the Richmond District and Nob Hill, is being sued by the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office for leaving his rental properties in a state of disrepair, according to the lawsuit sent to San Francisco News by the City Attorney’s Office.
The City Attorney’s Office filed the lawsuit against Wong on May 18 for his properties on 505 26th Avenue and 1254-58 Leavenworth Street. Wong allegedly had ignored a vast majority of notices of violation and corresponding orders of abatement since 2002.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera told the San Francisco Examiner, “For more than a decade, Wong has refused to meet his most basic obligations as landlord, including providing heat to his tenants.”
The Department of Building Inspection received 112 complaints since 1997 for the 505 26th Avenue property and 19 complaints since 1997 for the 1254-58 Leavenworth Street property.
“They go to the heart of hability and safety of these properties, and include ignoring unpermitted electrical wiring and unstable deck and stairs, [which] could really endanger the life and safety of the tenants,” said Herrera.
The lawsuit mentions violations including mold, gas leak, damaged walls and ceilings, peeling paint that could lead to a lead hazard, hazardous plumbing conditions, illegal unit subdivision, inadequate lighting, missing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and accumulation of debris and feces.