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Santa Maria city leaders, landlords reach settlement following thousands of code violations

Posted at 9:00 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 23:45:57-04

The City of Santa Maria has reached a settlement with a landlord who they said had an “unprecedented” amount of code violations.

The city filed an action in 2017 after Dario Pini’s complexes received more than 4,000 code violations.

While many repairs have been completed since the lawsuit was first filed, the city said Pini will continue renovations on three properties and reimburse the City for Legal expenses.

According to the settlement, Pini owes the city $336,000 in expenses.

The settlement also ensures that the rest of the work on the remaining three rental properties will be finished and inspected when completed.

The conditions of apartments and rental properties owned by Pini in Santa Maria has been documented by KSBY cameras since 2011.

“This is unprecedented in its scale  – Mr. Pini is the largest landlord in Santa Maria and these units are spread throughout the community,” Public Information Manager for the City of Santa Maria Mark van de Kamp said. “It is incumbent on the city to ensure all codes are met for the health and safety of everyone that lives here.”

A KSBY reporter tried to reach out to folks who live in these properties but were asked by Pini to leave.