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The owners of a hotel that was sued by the city for allegedly unsafe conditions has been ordered to pay more than $300,000 to reimburse the city’s costs to relocate the hotel’s tenants, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office said Friday.

City officials alleged in a lawsuit that the C Street Inn, a six-story hotel located between Sixth and Seventh avenues, was unsafe due to fire hazards, infestations of mold and rodents, dilapidated stairs, and other “building code and extreme fire safety violations.”

According to the City Attorney’s Office, there have been 18 Code Enforcement cases in connection with the hotel and police have responded there over 220 times since May of 2019 “to address criminal and nuisance activity.”

Last year 66 residents were relocated.The city says each tenant was eligible for $4,270 in relocation costs.

Owners Jack Shah Rafiq and Jax Properties LLC have been ordered to pay more than $300,000 to reimburse the city, plus a $10,000 penalty for failing to timely pay relocation benefits and $11,022 in administrative costs, the City Attorney’s Office said.

–City News Service


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