A lawyer for one of the most complained-about landlords of college students in Boston said Tuesday that his client is being unfairly persecuted and denied that the businessman is imperiling young tenants in unsafe housing.
Appearing before a City Council committee investigating the relationship between landlord Anwar N. Faisal and Northeastern University, attorney Joshua Krefetz said that no students have died or been seriously injured in buildings owned by the operator of Alpha Management Corp.
Krefetz said Councilor Josh Zakim, who requested the hearing following a recent Globe Spotlight Team report that detailed Faisal’s chronic code violations, “should be ashamed of himself’’ for referring to Faisal as a notorious slumlord in the hearing notice. He also assailed the Globe’s report.
Faisal is “not going to be the scapegoat — the symbol — of problems with student housing in Boston because the facts don’t hold up,’’ his lawyer said.
But councilors strongly pushed back, defending the inquiry and saying it was essential for the city to determine whether tenants were at risk.
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