Portions of the Green Valley Motel in Orick were red tagged on Monday by County Environmental Health, with residents told to vacate the premises by the end of the week.
The dilapidated motel has been the subject of numerous complaints over the last couple years, with residents complaining of overflowing toilets, cockroaches, wires hanging from the walls, leaky faucets and leaky roofs.
Supervising Environmental Health Specialist Kevin Metcalfe said the county posted a “notice to vacate” Monday for five of the motel’s 18 units. The notice also applied to the motel’s office and second-story “bunkhouse,” which Metcalfe said is an unpermitted living unit.
Metcalfe said the residents in the units that were tagged have until Friday to vacate. He said he didn’t know how many of the units are occupied. Some are vacant, he said, but it’s not clear how many people live in the other units.
Monday’s action came after numerous warnings to the owner to repair problems over the last couple years. Deficiencies cited by Environmental Health include leaking roofs, falling roof tiles, and water leaking onto electrical panels, all of which pose a hazard to residents.
Not all the rooms at the motel received a notice to vacate because the county hasn’t been able to inspect all the rooms, Metcalfe said.
The owner of the motel could not be reached for comment as of press time. However, when interviewed by the Times-Standard for article in May of 2012, a representative of the motel conducting maintenance said some of the complaints were malicious and nothing more than an effort to get back at the landlord for evictions.