City Code Enforcement Office sends warning letter to city controller

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PITTSBURGH - The Bureau of Building Inspection sent a certified letter to city controller Michael Lamb ordering him to correct violations on property he owns in Brookline on Tuesday.

The bureau received a complaint from a neighbor and sent an inspector out to investigate the Fallowfield Avenue duplex. 

A warning letter obtained by Target 11 indicated that inspectors found a number of violations.  Among them were garbage throughout the property, overgrown grass and weeds, front porch guards missing, paint peeling, and a deteriorating front porch and window frames.

Lamb told Target 11 that he hasn’t received the letter yet, but the information caught him by surprise. He also said the building is a rental property and that he’s in the process of remodeling. 

“We put the new floor down, so we are waiting to put the new railings up,  and in the meantime the building inspector went up and cited us for not having railings. So it's questionable, but it happens. I don't blame the building inspector, I think those guys are doing their job and it's the right thing to do, but it's interesting you would get notice of it before I did,” Lamb said.

Lamb added that the contractor ordered the wrong railing, and he’s waiting for a new one to come in.

He plans to contact the building inspector as soon as he receives the citation and explain what’s going on.

Lamb was given 30 days to correct the problems or he could face a fine.