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Two Malone landlords fined for property code violations

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MALONE — Two village landlords were fined $500 this week for failing to maintain their property, and another is facing a $5,000 fine if found guilty of violating village codes.

Jack and Elvira Stewart were fined $500 for property maintenance code violations at 57 Park St., according to village Code Enforcement Officer Jim Haley. The Stewarts had been ordered to remedy the violations; Mr. Haley says they have done so.

The Stewarts own several properties around town. The 57 Park St. site, according to Mr. Haley, was in rough shape. The Stewarts received a January 2013 notice about a building code violation. The building was sited for having rotten trim, peeling paint, broken windows and other exterior violations.

Mr. Haley said he gave the Stewarts until summer 2013 to correct the violations. When they still were not remedied, they were given until November. Village police cited Mr. Stewart in March because he still had not made the required repairs.

In a separate case, property owner Ted Chang at 8 Wilson St. faces $5,000 in fines when he appears in Town Court June 5 to answer code violation charges, Mr. Haley said.

Mr. Chang has not allowed village inspectors to carry out mandated yearly code inspections on the property, Mr. Haley said. The property has had problems with sanitation, electric codes and other issues, he said.

Mr. Haley said the electrical problems were brought to his attention by a tenant who had trouble with his stove. He deemed the property unsafe for tenants, who were given 30 days’ notice to vacate; he said the village put padlocks on the property doors last August.

The Code Enforcement Office will seek a court order requiring Mr. Chang to clean up the property and pay $5,000 in fines, Mr. Haley said.

Mr. Haley said the Code Enforcement Office is working with the Town Court to continue this type of enforcement to compel landlords to clean up properties and rectify code violations.

Usually landlords will repair their properties without getting the courts involved, Mr. Haley said. But sometimes the village runs into problems with landlords and legal action is needed, he said.

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