ONEONTA - The City of Oneonta is threatening to shut down the former Oneonta Hotel for codes violations.
Owner Melania Pervu claimed all codes violations had been addressed, and they didn’t know what the Codes Department was talking about.
"I was surprised because we were working together. City, Code Enforcement, my licensed electrician, and our electrician you know… inspector."
Both parties met to discuss the issues but the city hasn’t changed its stance on eviction. Mayor Gary Herzig wasn’t able to speak on camera Tuesday, but did send this response:
“We had a good meeting with the owners of the property. They have expressed a willingness to have all violations corrected by the April 30 deadline. That is good news but the bottom line is that all violations must be corrected by that date if tenants are to continue to reside there.”
Tenants like Joseph Cardo are concerned they’re going to be out on the street.
"You know I’d like to stay, but you know if I have to leave, I’ll leave. I’ll be homeless, yea I’ll be considered homeless though. That’s the problem."
Melania Pervu says the Saint Ekaterina Hotel is not going to evict their tenants:
"We want everybody to know that they will not be evicted, and we promise to work with the city to fix this problem and we feel so bad that we got into this mess."
The owners say the codes violations are minor and they have until April 30th to complete the work needed to be in compliance.