Oh, boy, we have lots of Citi fun for you today (stay tuned!). But, first, we wanted to address a possibly Citi-defending comment in our last piece, the harrowing tale of a tenant who can’t get CitiApartments to fix, well, much of anything.

In the piece we published, the tenant noted that the elevators in their building had been out of order for three months, and that “the elevator permits expired in February 07.”

This prompted a commenter, sfaries, to remark

AS far as the Elevator permit is concerned,this has nothing to do with citi it is the City Elevator Section Inspection which are late in inspecting and issuing permits.

The last thing we want is for CitiApartments to get a bad rap, especially since there seem to be so many really, really good ones out there. So, we called the SF’s Department of Building Inspection, and spoke to a lovely and helpful woman who told us, no, “Elevator inspectors don’t just come out automatically. The building owner or manager has to pay attention to the permit, and has to call us to arrange an inspection.”

We happened to have the address of the building, so we checked to see if an appointment had been made for the elevators to be checked — which, given they they’re broken, seems silly, but we’re nothing if not thorough.

And, you guessed it, no appointment has been requested by CitiApartments or the building manager for the elevators to be inspected.

And we made it all the way through without making a “shaft” joke! Whew.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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