15 West Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
City of Saint Paul
Minutes - Final
Marcia Moermond, Legislative Hearing Officer
Mai Vang, Hearing Coordinator
Joanna Zimny, Executive Assistant
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Room 330 City Hall & Court House/Remote
RLH FCO 23-90 Appeal of Yusuf Kabeto to a Correction Notice-Reinspection Complaint
at 548 VAN BUREN AVENUE.
Grant to December 22, 2023 for compliance on condition that basement smoke &
carbon detectors are installed and unit is not reoccupied until the Fire C of O is
Yusuf Kabeto, owner, appeared via phone
[Moermond gives background of appeals process]
Staff report by Supervisor Leanna Shaff: October 16, 2023 we received a referral that
there was a mice infestation and the ceiling caving in. Inspector Caballero went out
and wrote orders. We also had a referral that the electric doesn’t work for the fridge,
heat goes on and off and the fuse box not easily accessible. Caballero has orders
against the upper unit right now, I believe that was being appealed. The lower tenant
vacated that unit. A lot of the same thing in both units, but being vacated now. One
order was about low heat, Inspector Caballero reported the heating company has come
out and that has been addressed now.
Moermond: and I thought that was the most important thing when I looked. Sounds like
you have your hands full, tell me what is going on.
Kabeto: this house was in good condition, they stopped paying the rent and didn’t want
me to come over. Then I was trying to file an eviction. They told me they were going to
pay. Finally unit 1 wanted to move out but complained to the City and wouldn’t allow me
to fix anything. When I asked if I could send someone to fix it, she told me she’d let
me know when it was vacant. She emailed me October 14
Moermond: and I appreciate your issues but I need you to focus on these orders.
You’re saying she doesn’t allow access. What is your ask today?
Kabeto: unit 1 I just got the key. I need an extension for maybe 15 days.
Moermond: I am happy to work on an extension for unit 1 with two provisos, one being
item 2 on the list needs to be dealt with immediately (to provide missing smoke/carbon
detectors in the basement). Is that done?
Kabeto: no, because we just got access today.