The backdoor of the Clean Wash Center on Sunday, May 14, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. The wash-and-dry business is located at 4690 Mission Street. About 26 people who lived in alleged terrible conditions in the basement are now suing. The former tenants would exit and enter the building through this door.

City sues Mission landlord who had tenants living in dangerous basement

The San Francisco city attorney has sued the owner and commercial occupant of a building that illegally housed tenants in the unit’s squalid, hazardous basement for at least 11 years.

The suit, filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court, is directed at Melissa Mendoza of Hillsborough, who owns the three-story unit in the Outer Mission, and the building’s master tenant, Ernesto Paredes of Daly City.

Mendoza and Paredes are accused of violating fire, electrical, plumbing and other municipal codes, failing to respond to numerous code violation notices and operating a public-nuisance building. The unit, located at 4680-4690 Mission Street, houses the Clean Wash Center laundry on the ground floor.

City fire officials have referred to the building as “a death trap” and say the fire code violations were “egregious.”

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