SAN ANTONIO -

A San Antonio landlord who owns two four-plexes has racked up 39 code compliance complaints in a three-year period.

Exposed wires, holes in the roof and fire damage are just a few of the city code violations at the Southeast Side properties on Hicks Avenue.

"When we lived there, the floors have the holes in it, the cabinets are falling, everything," said former resident Amy Jones.

There are dozens more complaints during the last three years.

All combined, the city has decided it warrants a hearing before the building standards board for property owner Rudy Mendez.

Jones thinks that decision is long overdue.

"He always tells you that he'll fix it ... and he never does," Jones said.

There have been some documented repairs at the Hicks properties over the last few years, but the city is concerned about Mendez being a repeat offender.

Landlords who are considered chronic violators can now be hit quicker with significantly higher fines because of a new streamlined city process.

"The frustration that we have and not only the community has is he comes out of compliance and then comes into compliance and each time he comes into compliance, but it's the frustration of coming out of compliance," said City of San Antonio Assistant Director of Development Services Michael Shannon.

The code allows for the city to send repeat offenders directly to the board without warning and fines can reach as high as $2,000 per day.

"What the code says is demolition is the remedy of last resort, so what we try to do is we demo the structure, we try to work with the owners or the tenants to gain that compliance necessary," Shannon said.

Of the 103 multi-family housing units deemed dangerous structures in the past 3 years, 35 have been demolished. Seventeen deemed dangerous are no longer allowed to operate.

What the future holds for Mendez will be determined Aug. 1, when he is scheduled to appear before the Building Standards Board.

Mendez said these types of repairs take time, adding that he is being harassed by the city.

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