Report: Landlord at Center of Globe Investigation Has More Troubles

Anwar Faisal (right) speaks angrily as his lawyer, Joshua Krefetz looks on during a Boston Inspectional Services hearing last September.
Anwar Faisal (right) speaks angrily as his lawyer, Joshua Krefetz looks on during a Boston Inspectional Services hearing last September. –Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

An infamous Boston landlord is facing yet another scandal this week, after it was revealed he allegedly houses students without a valid permit in a building with possible structural issues.

Anwar Faisal of Alpha Management Corp. was licensed to lease rooms to students from the New England Institute of Art in the Allston dormitory, known as Nora’s House, though those students were moved out in August of last year.

In the meantime, Faisal has housed students from CATS Academy Boston and other tenants in violation of city regulations, the Boston Globe reports:

Since Faisal purchased the building, he has made internal renovations to the individual units, installed an alarm system, upgraded the electricity, and made "minor masonry repair to ... outside wall," according to building permits pulled for the property since 2006. Those permits sanctioned work to remove temporary partitions, ceiling tiles, and a non-load bearing wall.

But the records reviewed by the Globe do not indicate structural repairs to the building, which Faisal renamed Nora's House after one of his children. Lisa Timberlake, a spokeswoman for the city’s Inspectional Services Department, said there is no application on file for such work.

You can read the full report here.

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