OAKLAND -- The city's attorney's office filed a nuisance lawsuit against a West Oakland auto repair shop that it claims is operating without the proper licensing.
The lawsuit, filed last week, claims that nine people who own the property at 819 Brockhurst Street and operate the repair business, along with two banks that hold the mortgage and are the property managers, have illegally allowed the car repair business to operate despite the property being listed as a residential lot.
As a result, the lawsuit states, the owners of the property have caused a nuisance to the community as neighbors have lodged endless complaints about noise, litter, oil spills and other environmental hazards.
The lawsuit was filed after the property owners ignored several city warnings to cease business operations, including an eviction notice that was sent by the Bank of New York, which legally owns the real estate.
The city is asking a judge to immediately evict the illegal business and to fine the business and property owners at least $1,000 a day until the business is closed.
"The defendants have operated in violation of numerous blight, zoning and environmental laws," City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement. "They have ignored numerous abatement notices and have had an enormous negative impact on the quality of life on this block."
Those named in the suit are: Bank of New York, Bank of America, Arage Benjamin Hayes, Clara J. Fields, Robert Langston, Robert Tuck, Rodney Jackson, Clifford Jordan, Babangeun Phongphouny and Kenneth Colston.