East Boston apartment housing up to 20 people condemned – NBC Boston

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In East Boston, a service shop-turned-crash site for flight attendants was convicted after inspectors found it lacked permits and failed to meet safety regulations, calling the building a “death trap.”

The service garage on Geneva Street near Boston Logan Airport is now under the control of the City of Boston after inspectors said the property owner did not have permission to convert the commercial space into housing.

Officials said the building’s owner turned the second floor into four bedrooms with bunk beds and two bathrooms, designed to sleep up to 20 people — usually flight attendants.

NBC10 Boston contacted the property owner Wednesday night. Although he didn’t want to go on camera, the owner said he rented the building’s second floor to a woman, who then sublet the space and added all the extra beds — without his knowledge.

Francis Amador lives nearby and never suspected anything was wrong.

“I’ve lived here for 23 years and I’ve watched flight attendants get on and off the plane every day,” Amador said. “I complained to the city because they have a lot of garbage there and that’s why a lot of rats come from this place. But I never, ever thought that it was illegal and that many, many people live there.”

According to the city administration, a flight attendant who was in one of the rooms reported a defective smoke detector to the fire department. So the inspectors determined that it was not in accordance with the code.

On Tuesday, city and fire department inspectors found a number of violations, including dangerous health and safety conditions, missing smoke detectors, no second exit and a damaged fire detector.

Those renting a bed there reportedly paid $300 a month.

“We don’t think any of them use this as a home base, but they’re crashpads and they live there, they sleep there, they eat there,” said John Meaney, a consultant with the Boston Inspectional Services. “So it’s a residential area, it’s illegal and it’s dangerous.”

Many passengers at Logan Airport are anxiously awaiting an answer to their biggest question: “When can I go home?” Boston’s airport experienced hour-long delays this weekend, mostly by the airline Jet Blue.

Boston ISD said it was common for East Boston airline employees to remain in crash pads, but this one was non-compliant.

“He’s either going to keep trying to legalize it or we’ll have him take it down,” Meaney said of the building’s owner.

The owner of the property faces no criminal charges or fines. He said he will work with the city to put things right.

Inspectors said this is the first time they’ve encountered the problem in this part of town, and they’re encouraging residents to call 311 if something doesn’t look right.

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