Town of Perinton issues Pines of Perinton court appearance tickets over code violations

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PERINTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna disclosed on Thursday that the Town of Perinton Building and Codes Department issued the Pines of Perinton six appearance tickets for 26 code violations in six apartments. This is the culmination of a months-long effort by the town to address these issues with the property owner. Listed among the violations are water leaks, drywall damage, kitchen and bathroom repairs, window repairs, and rodent infestation.

“Code enforcement is a serious matter and one that we do not take lightly in the Town of Perinton,” said Hanna. “The Town will continue to do our part to hold the Pines of Perinton accountable for providing safe and healthy living conditions for their almost 1,200 residents. Our Perinton Building and Codes officials have made every attempt to work with the Pines management and maintenance staff to see repairs made. We are very disappointed that only two of the eight current violations were addressed. The town shares in the frustration of the residents, and we will take all necessary steps to ensure these health and safety issues are addressed.”

The Town issued the Pines of Perinton eight compliance orders on July 13, 2022, with comply-by dates of July 29, 2022. After speaking with all involved tenants, only two units had been addressed by the deadline. The Pines did not correct the remaining violations during the compliance period, nor did their management reach out to Building & Codes officials to discuss a path forward. Appearance tickets were issued to the Pines of Perinton on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

A spokesperson from the Pines of Perinton released the following statement:

“Our maintenance team and contractors have completed 4,100 work orders in the 508 apartments at the Pines of Perinton so far this year. We have been and continue to be highly responsive to resident needs and have worked hard to address maintenance issues at this 50-year-old property.

We have tried to address the maintenance issues in these six apartments multiple times in the last three weeks, but the residents have not cooperated with our maintenance teams or repair vendors. In some cases, our teams and vendors have been met with hostile and abusive language, threats of harm and inappropriate conduct. In others, contractors have been repeatedly denied access to apartments on the scheduled day of work. These challenges have made it impossible for us to make repairs.

It is important to note that in all six of these apartments, the inspections citation do not involve life-safety issues. The citations we have been trying to address are for routine but needed repairs to cabinet doors, window frames, bathtub caulking, loose toilets, faucet leaks and the like.

We are committed to resolving these issues as soon as possible and hope the residents of these apartments cooperate with our efforts.”

The Pines of Perinton court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 3 p.m. unless the violations are successfully remediated before that date.

Perinton Building and Codes actively performs inspections and follow-ups on all complaints filed with the office. Any violations of the codes, rules, regulations, ordinances, or local laws of the Town of Perinton and New York State Property Maintenance Code are investigated. All complaints with confirmed violations result in the Town addressing the property owners to ensure they comply with local regulations. When voluntary compliance is not achievable, Town code enforcement will, by law, use due process to achieve compliance.