Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

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Dario Pini featured in KCET investigative report

By edhat staff

The City of Santa Maria reached a settlement with landlord Dario Pini this week over an "unprecedented" amount of code violations

In 2017, Santa Maria filed a lawsuit after more than 4,000 code violations were reported at Pini's properties. The city stated that some of the repairs have been completed since the 2017 filing, but Pini is to continue completing the repairs on his complexes which will then be inspected.

The agreement includes a compliance monitor to supervise the repairs which will be completed under judicial oversight, reports KEYT.

Pini is also expected to pay for the City of Santa Maria's legal expenses, approximately $336,000.

The initial violations included plumbing leaks, mold, insect and rodent infestations, electrical hazards, unpermitted building, and more.

Pini was the subject of an investigative report by KCET in 2017 as well. The landlord referred to himself as a "savior of Santa Barbara's working-class" by providing low-cost housing. Pini agreed to the interview but asked the reporter to leave his properties when she tried to tour them. The full video is available here.

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ChillinGrillin Jul 19, 2019 01:04 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Dario Pini is one of the only people keeping a roof over the heads of the working poor. Love him or hate him, he fills a role in a place with a local government that is criminally clueless when it comes to building affordable workforce housing. The city and county would rather create more meetings and commissions to create the appearance of seriously addressing issues. Meanwhile, the confusing maze of business-killing codes and regulations keeps growing.

Lucky 777 Jul 19, 2019 09:48 AM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Anyone who uses "THE WALL" to procure day labor is perpetuating the situation as much as Pini. Those houses he rents out are on a par for conditions in Mexico. No surprise that the illegals live in the same squalor they came from.

a-1575996857 Jul 19, 2019 06:28 AM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Its funny how you are all quick to slam him, because most of you are fortunate enough to live in a perfect home with no issues but when your backs against the wall and you need a place to stay its better than staying under the overpass. Sure its not perfect living but there are ways to fix the rodent and insect issues. He is a savior of Santa Barbara working class because he provides affordable living when low income housing has wait lists for years. Plus the people living in these places are known to pack in 8 or 9 people into a 2 bedroom apartment. Maybe some of you with silver spoons in your mouths need a reality check.

GeneralTree Jul 18, 2019 04:04 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

I just have to laugh - never thought I'd see the day when a slumlord is defended. Typical GOP rhetoric. This is someone who realized that it is cheaper to pay fines than it is to adequately maintain safe buildings. You can read of many of the legal problems online and easily determine his motive is not to maintain low income housing because he is a saint.

PitMix Jul 18, 2019 03:17 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Is that really the choice we have? Move away or cram ourselves into apartments with double and triple the number of people that are supposed to live there, in sometimes horrid conditions? I wonder if he is still pulling down a profit after fighting all of the lawsuits?

Bug Girl Jul 19, 2019 07:32 AM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

@ 10:32 PM One of the (many) violations that he is cited for with his rentals that he failed to address were bedbugs in some of his apartments that he refused to fumigate for or treat. I do not know if these were properties in the city of Santa Barbara or Santa Maria, as he owns/rents out of both.

a-1575996857 Jul 18, 2019 03:03 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Someone who used to work for him? Reliable? Pini stole building materials from a construction site downtown a couple years ago, offered some lame explanation when he got caught. Some years ago he stole big blocks of sandstone from a retaining wall on Mountain Drive to use at his own residence. The guy is incorrigible!

monkeyboy Jul 18, 2019 02:45 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

According to someone on facebook who used to work for him, much of the damage is caused by the tenants themselves. Improper food storage, tarps on patios that cause interior mold, everyday damage you might expect from having 8 people living in a 2 bedroom apartment.

Bug Girl Jul 18, 2019 02:41 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Very true, Monkeyboy. I just wish that the places he rented out were maintained just a little bit more. Nobody should have to deal with long term leaks, mold, and bedbug infestations, no matter how low the rent is. Landlords need to help their tenants live safely in their properties.

monkeyboy Jul 18, 2019 02:37 PM
Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations

Without Pini, where would those people live? He is the only landlord in town who looks the other way for situations that allow very low income residents to remain here and mow your lawn. They are happy to rent from him for very long terms because they have no other options. Are you doing something to help make housing affordable, or are you just watching the listings and lusting over your home's value?

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