Owner of San Francisco ‘death trap’ building pays $600,000
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco building owner who housed 20 tenants in a basement that fire officials called a death trap has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a city lawsuit.
A master tenant in the building who charged rent will pay another $20,000.
The San Francisco Chronicle says the agreement was announced Thursday by the city attorney.
Authorities say for at least 11 years, the owner of a three-story building in the Outer Mission neighborhood housed people in basement rooms infested with rats and roaches and partitioned off with wood planks and drywall. Fire officials said the basement had leaky pipes, exposed wiring, and only one exit.
They were charged up to $900 a month.
The Fire Department found 20 people in the rooms in 2016. They’ve been relocated.