Two properties are considered a public nuisance by the City of San Luis Obispo

On July 2, 205 Casa Street and 1067 Murray Avenue property owner Diller Ryan was given at least 30 days to fix numerous code violations that San Luis Obispo city officials say pose a public safety hazard.

“(There were) concerns about how the building was secured or the lack of security in the building, some overgrown vegetation, trash and debris that had accumulated on the property,” explained Michael Loew, building manager for the city of San Luis Obispo.

More than 80 complaints have been compiled since January 2022 when the city became aware of concerns about the property, which had reportedly been vacant since 2020.

Neighbor Nikita Loeb has lived across the street from the two properties for the past two years.

– It has been dangerous. When I go outside in my own house, I always had to look and see if there was someone in the bushes or something. It really upset the area a little bit,” Loeb said.

At last week’s city council meeting, Ryan, who has owned the properties for more than 50 years, pleaded with the council not to declare the homes a public nuisance

“Let me bury my dead and lick my wounds,” he said during the meeting. “I’m not poor. I’m not incompetent. I think I’m a victim.”

Ryan fixed some of the problems in June 2022, including removing debris and boarding the properties, but city officials say a lack of progress and communication over the next year resulted in more code violations.

“The biggest difficulty that staff has had in dealing with this code enforcement matter is the communication element,” Loew said.

Now, Ryan is being forced to make those changes within the given time frame before the city enters legal proceedings to finalize the abatement order and bring the properties up to code.

“We are using this public nuisance declaration as a form of accountability and insurance to the community that even if the property owner fails to correct the remaining violations, the city can still ensure that the community is safe from the harm that this property could be causing,” said Loew .

Financially, if an abatement order is issued, the city will pay for the repairs by securing a lien on the property.

Under the abatement order, Ryan has at least 30 days to remedy the violations in question. If he doesn’t, the city can step in.

KSBY News tried to contact Ryan after the meeting but was unable to reach him.

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