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City lists 51 rental properties cited by code enforcement

More than half of buildings reported are owned by out-of-town landlords


August 14. 2013 11:32PM

By - jlynott@civitasmedia.com







Citations Issued

The Wilkes-Barre Code Enforcement Office issued the following citations between April and July:

Address: 182 Carey Ave.

Complaint: No rental inspection

Owner: Raywei Inc, 20 Donatello CT, Monmouth, NJ 08852

Result: $500 fine

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 171 Charles St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Wu Yijun, 476 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705

Result: Property posted

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 7-9 Corlear St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Jeffery & Rivina Mayers, 1213 Fairmont Ave, Apt 4, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Result: Property condemned

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 63 Amherst St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Richard Baffuto, 22 Kilburn Ave., Huntington Station, NY 11746

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 18-20 Magnolia Ave.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Robert Nocerino, 70 Ashwood Ave., Summit, NJ 07901

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 380-384 S. Franklin St.

Complaint: Lack of maintenance, unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Corey & Christina Fleisher, Eric Bleichi, 270 Dark Hollow Road, Duncannon, PA 17020

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 07/16/2013

Address: 380-384 S. Franklin St.

Complaint: No rental inspection

Owner: Corey & Christina Fleisher, Eric Bleichi, 270 Dark Hollow Road, Duncannon, PA 17020

Result: $3,500 fine

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 10 Magnolia Ave.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Michael Morrison, 10 Magnolia Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 448-450 S. Franklin St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Mid County Resources, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, DE 19808

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 444 S. Franklin St.

Complaint: Unsafe

Owner: Mid County Resources, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, DE 19808

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 84 Charles St.

Complaint: Unsafe

Owner: Federal National Mortgage, Suite 800, 1900 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 4/11/2013

Address: 61 Elizabeth St. (2nd Floor)

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Sarah Maloney, 25 Monarch Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 130 Sambourne St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Nicholas Pelligrino, 44 Cornell St., Williston Park, NY 11596

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 100 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Viking Enterprises, 512 Northampton St., Edwardsville, PA 18704

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 6/19/2013

Address: 98 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Charles Russell, 98 Sambourne St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 96 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Viking Enterprises, 512 Northampton St., Edwardsville, PA 18704

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 206 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure, lacking maintenance

Owner: Lee Fuller, 41 Dougher Lane, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 205 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Repairs needed

Owner: Gumaro Valex-Herrera, 205 Sambourne St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Notice to abate

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 145 Sambourne St.

Complaint: No rental inspection/no rental license

Owner: Shirley Velinor, 415 Claremont Ave., Apt 4B, Montclair, NJ 07042

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 120 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Unsecure, lack of maintenance

Owner: Community Regional Credit Union, 510 Bridge St., Old Forge, PA 18518

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 104 Sambourne St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: James Buziak & Darlene, 342 McKendree Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 96 Elizabeth St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Antonio Capistran, 96 Elizabeth St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,500 fine.

Date: 6/7/2013

Address: 840 S. Franklin St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Yolanda Camernero, 840 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 5/6/2013

Address: 28 Walnut St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Sharon Davies, 183 Gracedale Ave., Mountain Top, PA 18707

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 5/3/2013

Address: 101-103 Sambourne St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Johnny & Garcia Castro, 439 E 166th St. 2, New York, NY 10029

Result: $2,250 fine (2nd offense)

Date: 6/18/2013

Address: 61 Elizabeth St. (2 units)

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Sara Maloney, 25 Monarch Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 7/2/2013

Address: 443-445 S. Sherman St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: John Bennick, ETUX, 1075 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 4/11/2013

Address: 7 Griffith Lane

Complaint: No rental license, no rental inspection

Owner: WBNA LLC, 933 Washington St., Walnutport, PA 18088

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 5/2/2013

Address: 132 Gilligan St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Marie Richards, 63 Jefferson Ave., Amityville, NY 11701

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 6/4/2013

Address: 328 Blackman St. (2 units)

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: William & Christine Stoffel, 255 Poplar St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 6/25/2013

Address: 588 Hazle St.

Complaint: No rental license, no rental inspection

Owner: Angel Reys, 588 Hazle St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 6/27/2013

Address: 588 Hazle St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Angel Reys, 588 Hazle St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 6/27/2013

Address: 579-581 Hazle St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation (upstairs apartments)

Owner: Angel Reys, 588 Hazle St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 6/27/2013

Address: 579-581 Hazle St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Angel Reys, 588 Hazle St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 6/27/2013

Address: 121 Grove St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Viking Enterprises, 512 Northampton St., Edwardsville, PA 18704

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 121 Grove St. (2 units)

Complaint: No rental inspection

Owner: Viking Enterprises, 512 Northampton St., Edwardsville, PA 18704

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 77 Seneca St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Elwood M. Ogin, ETUX, 77 Seneca St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 264 Hazle St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Armondo Miller, c/o Opportunity Financial Greater Baltimore, 301 E. Market St., York, PA 17403

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 7/9/2013

Address: 219-221 Gilligan St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Kenneth Scavone, 54 Scavone St., Sweet Valley, PA 18656

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013

Address: 23 S. Hancock St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Christopher Abrams, 203 Upper Lakeview Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 4/23/2013

Address: 96 Spring St.

Complaint: Working without permits

Owner: Don Kasper, 33 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 90 McGarragher St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Scheidler Group LLC, 2416 5th St., Bethlehem, PA 18020

Result: $1,500

Date: 5/15/2013

Address: 209-217 East Northampton St. (7 units)

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Anthony Martin Korsakas, 211 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $7,000 fine

Date: 6/4/2013

Address: 172-174 S. Grant St. (2 units)

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Griselda Urena, 22 Richards Grove Road, Quaker Hill, CT 06375

Result: $2,000

Date: 7/8/2013

Address: 29-31 S. Meade St. (5 units)

Complaint: No rental inspection

Owner: NICU2 Real Estate LLC, 46 Kathryn St., Clark, NJ 07066

Result: $2,500

Date: 7/9/2013

Address: 314 Bowman St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Fransisca Basulto, 314 Bowman St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,500

Date: 5/14/2013

Address: 257 N. River St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: William Cook, 352 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: $1,000 fine

Date: 5/14/2013

Address: 459 N. River St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: Mary Gracet Hailaire, 130-137 146th St., Ozone Park, NY 11436

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 6/4/2013

Address: 16 Sycamore St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no license, no property manager

Owner: Blas Polanco Reinoso, 76 Henry St. Apt 1, Passaic, NJ 07055

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 6/18/2013

Address: 19 Sycamore St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license, no property manager

Owner: John Harowicz, 65 Pike St., Carbondale, PA 18407

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 6/18/2013

Address: 162-164 Wyoming St.

Complaint: Unsafe

Owner: Land Tycoon, Inc., 1933 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 6/19/2013

Address: Rear 712 North St.

Complaint: Unsafe/unsecure

Owner: Freddy Bustamante, 185 Wilson Ave., Kearney, NJ 07032

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 35 W. North St.

Complaint: Unsecure

Owner: Snyder Holdings, LLC, 115 Spring St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 17702

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 12 E. North St.

Complaint: Unfit for human habitation

Owner: Snyder Holdings, LLC, 115 Spring St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 17702

Result: Posted unfit

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 12 E. North St.

Complaint: No rental inspection, no rental license

Owner: Snyder Holdings LLC, 115 Spring St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 17702

Result: $1,500 fine

Date: 7/3/2013

Address: 85 Wyoming St.

Complaint: Unsafe

Owner: Fransisco Castillo, 188 Hazle St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Result: Notice of violation

Date: 7/16/2013



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WILKES-BARRE — A day after council took the first step to approve an amendment toughening the city’s rental ordinance, the code enforcement office listed more than 5o citations to property owners over a four-month period.


More than half of the 51 properties have out-of-town owners, a point stressed by Mayor Tom Leighton when he proposed the amendment to crack down on problem properties contributing to the rise in violent crime.


City spokeswoman Liza Prokop said the timing of the release of the list was unrelated to the pending amendment.


In an e-mail Wednesday she said, “It is standard practice for the city to release information on code violations.”


The list was longer than previous ones because it contains citations issued between April and July, she said.


City officials did not return a request for additional information on the citations.


At a press conference a week ago the mayor took aim at problem properties and warned that they could be shut down for six months for crimes involving guns and drugs.


“We will not condone people from outside the city or within the city to erode the safety and security that our residents deserve,” Leighton said. “We have made too much progress in rebuilding this great community to let it falter now.”


City Council on Tuesday night approved the first reading of the amendment and is expected to do the same at its next meeting on Sept. 12, clearing the way for it to become law 10 days later. The planned changes drew a mixed reaction from landlords who attended the meeting.


A total of $46,250 in fines was issued to property owners whom the city said failed to have rental inspections performed and lacked rental licenses or property managers. Some properties were condemned. Others were labeled unsafe and unsecure, posted as unfit to live in.


Some of the owners could not be reached for comment.


The properties cited were located throughout the city, but Sambourne Street, which spans two blocks, had 10 entries on the list. In addition, there was a property posted on Sept. 21, 2012, and another posted as recently as Tuesday. On both sides of the street yellow notices were attached to doors and windows of vacant properties.


A woman, who declined to identify herself out of fear of retaliation for speaking out, said she regularly contacted the code enforcement office to report on a neighboring double-block house.


“I think it should be condemned,” she said. “It’s not fit for human habitation.”




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