Waive the VB fee to October 1, 2022. Property must have Fire C of O reinstated by
October 1, 2022 or will remain a Cat 1 VB.
Zoe Zhi, owner, appeared via phone
[Moermond gives background of appeals process]
Staff report by Supervisor Mitch Imbertson: had a number of inspection done in 2021
which resulted in revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy and then it was ultimately
approved with corrections June 2021. The next renewal due to those revocations it’s a
one year inspection cycle. Hence trying to get back in in a relatively short time. That
started with inspector Thomas requesting access a number of times with multiple
appointment letters starting in February 2022 through June 2022. The Certificate of
Occupancy was revoked and it was referred to the Vacant Building based on us not
being able to access to inspect and recertify.
Staff report by Supervisor Matt Dornfeld: We opened a Category 1 Vacant Building on
that referral on July 17, 2022. Normally in this case to monitor as a Vacant Building we
would prefer and hope the property would be vacant, maintained and secured.
Moermond: additional enforcement measures. Referring to the Vacant Building
program is one thing, but it is also a non-owner occupied property that lacks a
Certificate of Occupancy which is a violation in its own right.
Imbertson: yes, that is why we were requesting access. We had it as non-owner
occupied on our Certificate of Occupancy list and it needs to maintain that
Moermond: as a Category 1 it wouldn’t be vacated on that basis because that’s a
turnkey property. Ms. Zhi, why are you appealing? Sounds like you have a lot going on
in terms of your court interactions with the tenant?
Zhi: these tenants aren’t the same tenants. During their stay that have close to 20
complaints from the City. Almost 25 Summary Abatement Order. We tried everything
to comply with the City. Unfortunately when Covid started, they didn’t pay rent. They got
until June 1 to pay rent. February to June is 4 months so we filed another eviction
since we terminated their lease and they didn’t move out. They said the didn’t get the
notice. We emailed, mailed, texted them. Based on that execute the same Ramsey
County Referee Catherine Bergstrom said they didn’t get notice so we have to go
through trial. We thought since June was coming up, they didn’t pay the rent, we can
go that route. May 31 I got a letter from Community partnership they had rent
assistance. We went to court saying even if rent is approved they don’t pay. The same
referee said we had to come back in another month to figure out how much they owe.
We came in July. The referee said they had to pay their July rent. They didn’t pay by
July 14. Then the community action person said she paid July 1. Because of this
mistake, the same referee said we have to come back another month. That’s on the
20th of August. We’re trying to get rid of these tenants. I know some tenants don’t
have means to pay rent. These people don’t do anything, not even throwing the trash
into the can we provide and pay for. They are the worst tenants, not just for me but for
the City. They are still living there. The people who signed the lease are parents in their
50’s and it is their children living there. We told the court about this situation and Ms.
Bergstrom disregarded it. It is basically a squatter’s house.
Moermond: so we have the six appointment letters and you didn’t provide access?