Pittsburgh Landlords Fined $460K

May 30, 2008

A judge has fined two Pittsburgh landlords a total of $460,000 for building code and fire safety violations.

Atallah Khalil’s apartment building in the city’s Oakland neighborhood has been the subject of city inspections and notices since August 2006. The judge says Khalil had put his tenants’ lives at risk and fined him $260,000.

The head of a company that owns another apartment building in the neighborhood, Jason Cohen, was fined a total of $200,000 for building code violations, including some related to fire safety. The judge says he was concerned about the building’s tenants.

The fines must be paid by June 30.

A phone number for Khalil could not be found Wednesday. Calls to numbers listed under Jason Cohen’s name were not immediately returned.

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