Santa Maria Settles with Landlord Dario Pini Over Code Violations
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.