City files criminal complaint against home owner for not removing hot tubs

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The city isn’t giving any more chances to a house near Todd and Osuna. For months, they’ve been telling the owner they need to get rid of their hot tubs on the property.

“Generally speaking, it’s considered outdoor storage and under the code, there are certain things that can be left outdoors, hot tubs are not one of those things,” said Brennon Williams, Code Compliance Manager.

The first violation was in January. KRQE News 13 counted seven hot tubs. The second violation was in February and the third was in March. That’s when the owner asked for an extension.

“The owner again, contacted the inspector, indicating he had health problems and was wanting additional time, so the inspector granted a final extension,” said Williams

On Monday, the city went to check on the property and the hot tubs were still there. Now the city says enough is enough.

A criminal complaint shows the owner will be charged $500 per day or could face jail time.

“In this particular case, it’s been 75 days that we’ve trying to get the property into compliance, and that’s too much. We are reasonable and we want to work with folks, but it does get to a point where we have to take it to court,” said Williams.

If the owner pleads guilty, he’ll pay a fine decided by the court. If he doesn’t, the case will be scheduled to go to a judge.

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