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$50,000 fines

Ithaca pursues up to $50K in fines against landlord

An Ithaca landlord could face up to $50,000 in fines after pleading guilty to repeatedly violating local and state maintenance laws, the city announced Tuesday.

Ronald Bergman, owner and landlord of a two-unit rental house at 312 S. Plain St., pleaded guilty Thursday in City Court to 350 violations, according to the city.

He signed a $25,000 judgment confession and agreed to remedy all violations in about four months or pay the second $25,000 installment and forfeit the property to the city, according to the city.

An inspection in August 2012 led to the building being posted as condemned but at least one tenant kept living there until Ithaca police helped relocate the remaining tenant and the Department of Public Works secured the building, according to the city.

Bergman was charged in April with more than 8,000 violations, according to the city. Typically, property codes may treat each day of being out of compliance as a separate violation.

Among offenses Bergman pleaded guilty to were failing to have a valid certificate of compliance, failure to obey a building commissioner’s order and failure to provide safe egress.

Neither Bergman or his attorney could be contacted Tuesday evening.

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