UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.:
Here’s a press release from the City of Eureka:
Pursuant to an inspection warrant issued by the Superior Court, staff from the City of Eureka’s Code Enforcement division, with the assistance of the Eureka Police Department (EPD) and Humboldt Bay Fire (HBF), are performing inspections beginning today of 11 properties owned by Floyd and Betty Squires.
As a result of long-running unresolved code enforcement cases, complaints from tenants and neighbors, and observations by City staff, EPD, and HBF, the City believes it is necessary to fully assess these properties and characterize the nature, extent, and severity of the violations present. Violations already observed include structural deficiencies, exposed wiring, leaking plumbing, un-permitted work, blocked exits, missing fire protection devices, broken windows and rotten siding. Many of the properties at which the inspections are being performed are subject to the lawsuit filed by the City against the Squires in 2011, which continues without resolution. At this time, occupants of these buildings continue to reside within the buildings and have not been displaced.
The City believes that proper maintenance of buildings helps ensure the safety of the occupants, first responders, and the public. Derelict buildings negatively impact property values, tourism, and the quality of life for our citizens. As such, following the inspections, the City intends to examine its options to resolve the violations found through available legal means.
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Eureka city staff and code enforcement officers are out today serving inspection warrants on 11 properties owned by Eureka’s most monumentally troublesome landlords, Floyd and Betty Squires.
“They’re just continuing sources of complaints and ongoing violations,” Public Works Director Brian Gerving said of the properties. By “violations” Gerving was referring to both Eureka’s municipal code and California’s Health and Safety Code.
All but one of the 11 properties (815 H Street) have been placed into receivership as part of the city’s ongoing legal battle with the Squireses, though those properties continue to be managed by the duo.
The violations uncovered so far, according to Gerving, include broken windows, boarded-up and broken doors, unsafe electrical systems, missing smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and more.
Apartments were ordered vacated at a Squires-owned building on the 2900 block of California Street. During inspections, building officials deemed one unit uninhabitable due to excessive cat urine and feces, and at least eight cats were taken by animal control. [Note: Though the cats were removed, the apartment was at least partially cleaned up and the tenant of that unit was not displaced.]
The city’s next step, Gerving said, is to document and characterize the scope and extent of the violations and then determine the best path forward to get them resolved.
Meanwhile, Floyd and Betty Squires have appealed a recent conviction in small claims court where Judge Timothy Cissna found that the pair had allowed their properties at 1625 and 1635 G Street to deteriorate to the point of being a public nuisance.
PREVIOUSLY IN SQUIRES:
- Eureka Cracks Down on Notorious Slumlords, Vows to Close Squires’ Motel
- For Tenants of Blue Heron Lodge, Eviction Means Yet Another Hardship
- Blue Heron Residents Evicted As City Enforces Abatement Order
- Fire on Fifth Street, One Victim Burned
- Eureka Police Search Squires-Owned Apartment, Find Lots of Heroin
- Another Heroin Bust at Squires-Owned Apartment in Eureka
- What’s the Story With That Place? From Eagles Hall to Squires HQ at Eureka’s Lloyd Building
- (UPDATED) Major Middle of the Night Fire in Vacant Building Near Downtown Eureka
- Another Fire at Vacant Squires’ House on Eureka’s H Street
- (UPDATED) Yet Another Fire Erupts in Yet Another Floyd Squires-Owned Building
- Neighbors of Squires-Owned Building Win Insurance Settlement Over Nuisance Property
- (UPDATE) Man Shot Outside Uninhabited Home on Eureka’s G Street; EPD is Actively Investigating the Scene
- Eureka Takes More Legal Action Against Slumlord Floyd Squires
- Tenants Evicted as Officers Board Yet Another Squires Property, Eureka Foots the Bill
- Neighbors Unload on ‘Evil Slumlords’ Floyd and Betty Squires in Closing Arguments of Small Claims Case
- Officially a ‘Nuisance’: Judge Rules For Neighbors in Mass Small Claims Suit Against Squires Family
- For Second Time in Two Weeks, EPD’s POP Unit Busts 65-Year-Old Suspected of Dealing Drugs to Homeless Out of Squires-Owned ‘Heroin Hilton’
- Notorious Landlords Floyd and Betty Squires Challenge Small Claims Ruling, Promptly Get Denied