Deteriorated properties allegedly create safety hazard, group claims

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 19, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A community development group is suing property owners, citing alleged breach of duty in keeping properties safe and in order per city and building codes.

Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corp., James L. Zirngibl, Michael Moore, et al. filed a complaint July 9 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against SFH LLC and Mike Hritz alleging the defendants failed to comply with community regulations found in the St. Louis Revised Code and adopted portions of the International Property Maintenance Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 31, the plaintiffs' counsel sent a written notice to the defendants about properties that constitute an ongoing public and private nuisance due to their dilapidated and deteriorated condition. The plaintiffs claim properties remain a health or safety hazard to neighbors and passersby. 

The plaintiff holds the property owners responsible because they allegedly failed to reasonably maintain the properties, violated the building code and continue to keep the properties in a state that constitutes a health or safety hazard to the community.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for an award of actual damages as well as punitive damages, costs of action, preliminary and permanent injunction and for other and further relief that the court finds to be necessary and proper. They are represented by Jonathan P. Beck of The Law Offices of Jonathan P. Beck in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10748

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