ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The owner of the former Oneonta hotel must make repairs to bring the building up to code by January 11 or she could be held in contempt of court.
The building was first declared unsafe by the city in November of 2017, and residential tenants were notified of possible eviction then.
Last Friday, Judge John Lambert made a decision not to hold Melanie Pervu in contempt at this time, which would have forced the eviction of 13 tenants during the holiday season, because she did provide documentation of repair plans.
If the city's code enforcement office finds the building is still deficient after January 11, the city will take Pervu back to court for any violations. She could then be held in contempt and ordered to evict the remaining tenants.
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