A faction of Apartment Investment and Management Co., which ownsfour low-income apartment complexes in the Bayview Hunters Pointarea, is alleging that a city building inspector is unfairlytargeting the company in order to raise millions of dollars for thedepartment.

The lawsuit counters one filed by the city attorney's officeagainst AIMCO less than a year ago, alleging the housing giantignored orders to correct mold and structural problems. A SanFrancisco Department of Building Inspection spokeswoman says thedepartment does not need any extra money and that the litigationwas the last resort.

An AIMCO official said that they have been trying to settle thelawsuit filed by the city for a year and had no choice but to bringa counter claim because the city is stalling its redevelopment ofthe aforementioned complexes.

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