City inspectors who reported finding no violations at 11 buildings owned by the controversial landlord Anwar N. Faisal this month never actually inspected any apartments, their supervisors said Tuesday.
The day after the new commissioner of the Inspectional Services Department, William Christopher Jr., told the Globe that a team of inspectors found no significant problems in Faisal’s buildings on June 6, he and a top aide informed a City Council committee that inspectors only examined lobbies and basements because they couldn’t get into any units.
“We did knock on a few doors and see if anyone would let us in, and there was no one home to let us in,’’ Assistant Commissioner Indira Alvarez told the Housing Committee. “But Faisal did give us access to the basement area and common area, front and back, and at the time of the inspection, the inspectors did not observe any violations in the common space.’’
Christopher said after the hearing that the inspections were still a reliable indication of the condition of buildings owned by Faisal, whom a Globe Spotlight Team series last month identified as one of the most complained-about landlords of college students in Boston.
“If you walk into a building, you can see, usually by the general condition and the quality of what’s going on, if there are major issues,’’ Christopher said. “You cannot see the minor issues that might exist within a unit.’’
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