Herrera’s Settlement Protects North Beach Tenants with Tough Injunction, Penalties

Owners of Jasper Place property ordered to fully comply with Health and Safety Codes; Pay $50K in fees, costs and penalties
Jasper Place Settlement Presskit (Feb. 3, 2010)
Jasper Place Settlement Presskit (Feb. 3, 2010)

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 3, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today settled a year-long dispute between the City and owners of a residential apartment building at 152-162 Jasper Place that will require the landlords to promptly complete their abatement of habitability violations, and pay $50,000 in fees, costs and penalties to the City. The North Beach apartment building houses predominantly elderly tenants, mostly monolingual Asians, who have been forced to endure a widespread pattern of housing, building, health and safety code violations that have been cited by the San Francisco Building Inspection Department for nearly a year. Today’s settlement — which Herrera secured with a set of legal filings in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon — includes a complaint, stipulated judgment and stipulated injunction.

“This is a tough, enforceable settlement that holds the owners accountable for the safety and well-being of their tenants,” said Herrera. “I also hope that it sends a message to other landlords about the importance of following the law. I commend the Department of Building Inspection for its diligence in working with us to improve the living conditions for these residents. I am also especially grateful to the Chinatown Community Development Center for its outreach efforts with these tenants.”

Named as defendants in Herrera’s lawsuit are Jennifer Pau Lo, Jim K. Ma, and Jackie Eng, who own and manage the building. The City Attorney’s complaint details numerous egregious housing code violations that establish the property as public nuisance, including: inoperable smoke detectors; defective, leaking bath and kitchen sinks; mold, mildew, water damage on ceilings and walls; and lack of heat.

The case is: City and County of San Francisco and the People of the State of California v. Jennifer Pau Lo, Jim K. Ma, Jackie Eng, et al., San Francisco Superior Court, filed February 3, 2010.