LOCKPORT – City Judge Thomas M. DiMillo fined the owner of a two-unit dwelling $10,000 Thursday for building code violations.

CGB Construction of Palmer Road, Ransomville, never sent anyone to appear in court to contest the charges that it was illegally allowing tenants to live on the third floor of 318 Church St. City codes bar third-story occupancy of a residential property unless there is a fire escape.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Matthew E. Brooks said an attorney for the mortgage holder on the property came to court once or twice, but no one from CGB ever showed. DiMillo said the landlord was in effect convicted by default and had been in violation for at least 10 months.