Bay Area landlord faces $250K in fines for Fresno apartment conditions

SAUSALITO, Calif. (KGO) -- A Bay Area restaurant owner is accused of leaving hundreds of Central Valley residents without heat or hot water.

Tenants at Summerset Village Apartments in Fresno have been without heat and water for the past 18 days.

Chris Henry, the owner of the Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito, also owns the apartment complex.

Henry is apologizing, but also says it's not his fault.

The situation is so bad, the city has declared an emergency and has vowed to take action if Henry doesn't.

Henry promises work will begin on Tuesday, adding that he hired a contractor to start repairs as soon as he became aware of the issue.

"I apologize for the situation. I didn't cause the problem, I'm doing the best I can to fix the whole gas line and make things right," said landlord Henry.

"What matters most is what happens tomorrow and the next day and the next day and whether or not those words are followed with action and resource to make sure these repairs are completed," said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

The city says this is the latest in a string of problems.

Henry faces hundreds of violations that range from termites and roaches to asbestos, lead and electrical issues at the property.

Henry could face up to $250,000 in fines for these violations..
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