Arrest warrant issued for landlord of hazardous building

July 9, 2013 8:06:06 PM PDT
An arrest warrant has been issued for a landlord in the Bronx accused of refusing to fix one of the most hazardous buildings in the city.

Officials say tenants are living in deplorable and dangerous conditions.

Joel Loutan, the owner of 1514 East 172nd Street in the Soundview Section, has been ordered to jail until repairs are made.

Loutan must replace the roof, fix walls, rewire the building, and replace the heating system.

Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua released a statement saying, "I sincerely hope that other owners who maybe in a similar position view this as a stark wakeup call as well as an opportunity to put their affairs in order and do right by their tenants."