Carrick landlord racks up more fines

The recalcitrant owner of now-vacant townhouses and apartments in Carrick that were the subject of a slew of repeated code and health violations over the past year has been fined again by a district judge.

District Judge Richard G. King fined Davin Gartley, 38, of Mt. Lebanon a total of about $7,600 Thursday for health and building code violations brought by Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Building Inspection and the Allegheny County Health Department for the apartments at 2531-2539 Brownsville Road.

Those fines joined more than $2,000 previously assessed for water-service violations at other properties Mr. Gartley owns on Edwards Way, Mary Street and Jane Street on the South Side and $1,800 in fines for running garden hoses to provide water service to 14 Carrick townhouses on Berg Place, which sit behind the Brownsville Road units.

Judge King had given Mr. Gartley until the end of July to vacate the apartments, which mainly housed dozens of Bhutanese refugees.

A city attorney said Mr. Gartley also had made some minor fixes, including cleaning up the property, taking down a shaky pillar and covering a large trench that had been dug in front of them.

In an interview Tuesday, Judge King said all the families had been moved out and that protecting them from lead contamination and other substandard conditions found in Mr. Gartley’s units, not doling out punishment, was his top priority.

“Let’s get them moved them out,” the judge said. “We’ll worry about headlines and fines later.”

Judge King said the properties will not be allowed to be occupied again until they pass city and county inspections.

Mr. Gartley is due in court again Aug. 21 for additional pending violations that were part of the 347 violations building inspectors identified in visits to Berg Place and the nearby Brownsville Road apartments.

Robert Zullo:, 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @rczullo.

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