Meet Atique Rehman: Most Penalized Landlord In SF's History And Owner Of Popular Local Restaurant

As the Chron’s CW Nevius notes today, Atique Rehman now has the dubious honor of being one of San Francisco’s “most penalized landlords in city history.” While most of you might not know Rehman as your landlord, you might have done business with him under other circumstances, as he’s also the owner of a popular San Francisco Pakastani and Indian restaurant — one that at least once has been accused of wage theft.

Nevius notes today that as owner of a 20-unit apartment complex at 308 Turk Street, Rehman has gotten “200 Housing Code violations and 38 notice of violation for a total of $38,000 in fees owed to the city – $28,000 of which was assessed since January.”

But if you page back in the Chron archives to 2001, you’ll see Rehman staring proudly from their pages, painted in quite a different light as owner and manager of O’Farrell Street’s Yelp three starred restaurant Naan ‘N’ Curry. The Chron’s review of the restaurant is positive, I think? It is kind of hard to tell.

Ten years later, Rehman seemed a lot less happy in the pages of the Bay Citizen, where in August 2011 he accused his restaurant’s staff of filing false wage theft claims against him.

After city officials awarded a Naan ‘N’ Curry staffer $6000 after allegations that he had not been paid for sick leave or for rest and meal breaks, Rehman told the BC “The Spanish employees are doing that with all the businesses around the neighborhood.” Yikes.

Rehman also told the BC that “he’s started fingerprinting his employees every time they come in to work and leave, and taking pictures and video of his workers while they are on break.”

In January of this year, BeyondChron reported on a protest in front of Naan ‘N’ Curry, in which tenants demanded that Rehman start to address the “lack of heat, lack of security, mold, leaking pipes, broken windows, and rodent infested rooms” of 308 Turk.

According to BeyondChron, “Shortly after the protest, the angry landlord went to 308 Turk and verbally asked some tenants to leave immediately. However, community leaders from Central City SRO collaborative and S.F.P.D intervened and asked Atique Rehman to leave the tenant’s apartment.”

BeyondChron reported in January that Rehman “may soon lose the building in foreclosure.” Nevius echoes that today, reporting that Rehman “reportedly told building inspectors that he’s having financial problems.”

Naan ‘N’ Curry, however, seeme to be doing well — according to a March 30 report from Yelp reviewer Jessica C, “This place is packed, packed, packed. At 3am, this place is like a La Vics in San Jose.”

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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  • http://twitter.com/ramshackledays Ramshackle Days

    Was not aware of this. Won’t be eating at Naan N Curry ever again.

  • http://twitter.com/ramshackledays Ramshackle Days

    Was not aware of this. Won’t be eating at Naan N Curry ever again.

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for this article! I have posted links at Yelp ~ this guy ripped me off.

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for this article! I have posted links at Yelp ~ this guy ripped me off.

  • AnnaMoss

    He also has several violations with City Hall for serving after hours.

  • AnnaMoss

    He also has several violations with City Hall for serving after hours.

  • bluepearlgirl

    He may be a multi code violator, but, for that headline, I should and was expecting to see the true abuser…academy of art university!! They may not have mold and rats but they have cost this city how many of hundreds of thousands in converting illegally and attempting to get around the city laws. Maybe instead it should read worst slumlord not worse landlord…. Just saying!

  • bluepearlgirl

    He may be a multi code violator, but, for that headline, I should and was expecting to see the true abuser…academy of art university!! They may not have mold and rats but they have cost this city how many of hundreds of thousands in converting illegally and attempting to get around the city laws. Maybe instead it should read worst slumlord not worse landlord…. Just saying!