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Malden council to consider resolution urging compromise in tenant-landlord dispute

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 25, 2012 11:19 AM

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A member of the Malden City Council is expected to offer a resolution Tuesday prodding a Malden landlord to negotiate with a tenant's union formed to opposed the landlord's rent increases.

The resolution calls for Alpha Management, a subsidiary of which purchased three buildings in Malden and one in Medford comprising more than 200 units, to negotiate with the Medford/Malden Tenants United.

Ward 4 Councilor James Nestor's resolution urges the parties to "find a balance between investors desires for maximum profit, tenants desire for secure homes, and the community's need for affordable housing," according to the city clerk's office.

The tenant's group formed after Alpha and its proprietor, Boston rental property magnate Anwar Faisal, raised rents or threatened to evict residents. Faisal eventually took several dozen tenants to court.

Alpha's Attorney, Joshua Krefetz, said while court proceedings have yielded decisions that would allow Faisal to evict residents, the landlord has not acted on the evictions, leading many to move out of their own or pay the new rent rates.

Monica Tosches, a representative of the union, disagreed, and said in an e-mail message that two tenants have been evicted.

The council resolution is expected to be offered by Nestor under suspension of the rules, and was not included on the council's docket, according to the city clerk's office.

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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