One of the city’s most notorious landlords has backed out of his offer to appear before a City Council committee investigating his business relationship with Northeastern University, a member of the council said Monday.
Councilor Josh Zakim said he is considering seeking a subpoena to compel Anwar N. Faisal, the owner of Alpha Management Corp. and one of the most complained-about landlords of college students in Boston, to answer the Housing Committee’s questions. The panel is scheduled to hold its second hearing Tuesday.
“We are disappointed that despite our efforts to accommodate his busy schedule, Mr. Faisal has again chosen not to attend the Housing Committee’s hearing,’’ Zakim said in a statement. “My office is considering all options, including using the City Council’s subpoena power, to compel Mr. Faisal’s attendance at a later hearing.’’
State law authorizes city councils and other government bodies to subpoena witnesses and to seek the same penalties for witnesses who refuse to show up as those imposed on witnesses who ignore subpoenas in civil cases in court.
Larry DiCara, who was City Council president in 1978, said the council has rarely invoked its subpoena power.
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