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Golden Hill property owner pleads guilty to maintaining substandard building

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A property owner who allowed tenants in Golden Hill to live in substandard conditions pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to clean up the property, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced Tuesday.

William Carl Fink, who owns 10 residential units on B Street, was also ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and reimburse the city of San Diego $1,673 in investigative costs.

Fink, 67, pleaded guilty last week to five misdemeanor counts for maintaining a substandard building, public nuisance, fire hazard and failing to properly board and secure vacant structures.

According to the plea agreement, Fink allowed tenants to live in substandard conditions, with violations including but not limited to:

-- dilapidated units;

-- deteriorated and ineffective waterproofing of walls, roofs, foundations and floors;

-- inadequate maintenance;

-- inadequate heating;

-- lack of sufficient fire resistive construction and fire extinguishing systems;

-- inadequate plumbing;

-- improper wiring, and

-- failure to install and maintain operable smoke alarms.

Authorities said Fink maintained vacant structures for several years, lending to gang graffiti, trespassing by vagrants and past drug activity. There were also significant hazards found on the property.

Fink must rehabilitate the units under a specific time line and with all required permits under the direction of the city's Neighborhood Code Compliance Division and Environmental Services Department's Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Program.

He has already secured all of the vacant units and cleaned the property of illegal storage, trash, debris and graffiti, authorities said.

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