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The City of Galt has ordered the owners of Royal Delta Inn to correct code violations that constitute an immediate danger to occupants within seven days.

The legal notice to repair or abate issued Thursday follows an inspection of the property conducted on Sept 10. It found the property is in violation of approximately 1,800 state statutes and local regulations, many of which pose a substantial danger to the health, safety and general welfare of the occupants, the surrounding community and the public, according to the city building official and code enforcement officer determined.

This order does not displace any of the current occupants of the hotel located at 1040 N. Lincoln Way.

The owners of the hotel have been ordered to correct those violations that constitute an immediate danger to occupants within seven days. All violations must be corrected within 30 days.

Among them are mold, mildew, and insect and rodent infestations, according to City Manager Jason Behrmann.

The owners could not be reached for comment this morning, but both the owners and inn residents interviewed last month by the News-Sentinel refuted the city’s code enforcement claims and questioned the original inspection.

In September, city officials had received the inspection warrant from the Sacramento County Superior Court to enter and inspect the business. The dozen or so inspectors including local police, firefighters, and city building and code enforcement representatives decided to reconvene in the coming weeks to compare notes and make a decision on how to proceed, Behrmann said at the time.

The city had decided to inspect the site after an increase in crime and other issues over the past few years, according to Behrmann.

The purpose of the court-ordered inspection was to verify whether the building meets health and safety standards for human habitation and to determine the best long-term solution to address ongoing concerns.

Following the four-hour inspection, which included going from room to room, taking pictures and documenting code and building violations, no citations were issued at that time.

Behrmann said it was the first time in at least 15 years that city staff can recall turning to the court system and a judge to gain access to a business.

The inn is located just off Highway 99, and many of its 96 rooms are inhabited by long-term tenants who pay month to month, including one who has resided there for at least a decade, according to Behrmann.

The inn was built in the early 1980s, and he believes the new owners took over four or five years ago after acquiring the motel in a foreclosure proceeding.

Owners Sam Sandhu and Harjinder Sandhu, who are not related, bought the hotel in December 2007 before falling on rough economic times, they said in a previous interview. Now, they said, they track all renters and how long they stay here, and retain in the office IDs of visitors until they leave.

The owners also have a series of “do not rent” listings taped near the front desk that identify former tenants who vandalized the property or caused major problems for the business.

There have been hundreds of calls for police service to the property since 2011. Galt Police Chief Bill Bowen said the number averages out to at least one a day.

In addition to becoming a draw for criminals, Royal Delta Inn has been the focus of past code enforcement activities due to the general lack of maintenance and unsanitary conditions, Behrmann said.



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