Two Tenderloin hotel owners have been sued by The City on behalf of tenants who say the owners knowingly allowed drug dealing and prostitution on the premises, and allegedly profited from the illegal activities.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday against the owners, Kishor and Rasik Parmar, and the manager, Israjupin “Sage” Patel, of the America Hotel, 1075 Post St., citing the hotel as “well known in the community as a place where illegal drugs are sold and distributed since 2004.”
Nine drug-related arrests have been made on the property since 2004 and Patel has “impeded the San Francisco Police Department’s ability to investigate cases by deliberately providing officers with incorrect information regarding tenants’ suspected drug activity,” the complaint stated.
The City Attorney’s Office was made aware of the alleged illegal activity by tip-offs from tenants of the hotel. An occupant alleged in the complaint that Patel permitted tenants of the hotel to engage in prostitution by bringing a “date” into the hotel for a $10 fee.
“The law-abiding tenants of this hotel have been victimized by prostitution and drugs in the building and this has been tolerated by management for too long. Our office wants to protect the community from threats to the health and safety of residents,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.
Additionally, Herrera contends that the business has also failed to produce mandatory daily logs of occupants, maintain receipts and post occupancy information as required by the San Francisco Administration code.
Rasik Parmar said he leased the business to Patel in January 2004 and was unaware of the lawsuit.
A call to the America Hotel was answered by a woman who claimed to be Patel’s wife, stating that he was in the hospital and unavailable for comment.
The Parmars and Patel have up to 30 days after being served the document to respond and proceed to the discovery aspect of the lawsuit, according to the City Attorney’s Office. If the issues are not resolved, the lawsuit will be set for trial.