Convicted landlord has to sell his houses

January 28, 1991|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,Evening Sun Staff

A landlord convicted on 150 criminal charges of violating the city's housing code has agreed to get out of the landlord business, pay a $3,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service as a plumber for a non-profit housing renovation group.

The unusual agreement, imposed by District Court Judge Theodore Oshrine, was worked out with landlord Wayne Edward Garrity, the city Department of Housing and Community Development and the state's attorney's office.

The housing department said today that Garrity has agreed to try to sell his 90 houses -- scattered throughout the city -- and faces a $10,000 fine if he fails to live up to the agreement's conditions. Garrity's properties are held under his name and that of his corporation, All State Properties.

Neither Garrity nor his lawyer, Stanley Miller, could be reached for comment.

The criminal charges against Garrity concerned 18 of his buildings, 14 of which are vacant. Housing department spokesman Bill Toohey said the violations include sagging porches, broken doors, flaking paint, trash-strewn yards and loose stair treads.

A master plumber, Garrity also was charged with violations for broken plumbing, Toohey said.

Garrity's agreement requires him to work as a volunteer plumber for the People's Homesteading Group, a non-profit organization that uses labor from volunteer families to renovate houses, which the families then own.

People's Homesteading's director, Michael Mazepink, said his group welcomes the plumbing work from Garrity, although the details have not been worked out.

The $3,000 fines will go to an emergency fund for housing repairs at the department's housing inspection division.

Six properties owned by Garrity have been cited since 1988 for lead paint violations that are unrelated to the criminal charges, according to health department records.

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