February 21, 2024
A mural commissioned for the roof of The Carl. Photograph by way of @ArtReachSD X

The San Diego Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace filed a civil enforcement grievance Monday towards the homeowners of an condo complicated close to the College of San Diego that metropolis officers allege leased models to tenants whereas the constructing lacked a working fireplace system.

The grievance considerations The Carl, a 14-unit condo complicated described on its web site as “designed by College of San Diego alumni for college college students.”

In keeping with the Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace, which alleges some models have been rented out for as a lot as $4,200 month-to-month, faculty college students have been residing within the constructing for months earlier than a working fireplace system was put in and issues with the constructing have been reported by college students and their dad and mom.

Tenants additionally allegedly occupied the constructing whereas its homeowners lacked a Certificates of Occupancy from the town, which certifies whether or not a constructing complies with native legal guidelines and may be occupied.

Whereas an operable fireplace safety system is now in place, the Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace says metropolis inspectors haven’t been capable of look at the premises and approve its occupancy.

Representatives for the condo complicated didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Metropolis Lawyer Mara Elliott stated in a press release, “College students and fogeys, determined to search out secure and handy housing earlier than the college yr began, have been charged exorbitant hire to maneuver right into a constructing that lacked a working fireplace emergency system… Property homeowners ought to be on discover that the Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace is not going to look the opposite manner whereas they endanger occupants’ lives, and particularly not the younger lives of our neighborhood’s faculty college students.”

The grievance seeks civil penalties of $2,500 per day for any ongoing violations of the San Diego Municipal Code and the state’s Unfair Competitors legislation, in addition to potential restitution for The Carl’s tenants.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.