City cracks down during massive move-in over the weekend

Boston building inspectors worked Labor Day weekend as college students moved to apartments for the school year.
Boston Inspectional Services
Boston building inspectors worked Labor Day weekend as college students moved to apartments for the school year.

More than 2,000 tickets were issued during the move-in weekend by various wings of the Boston Inspectional Services Department, less than half the number of violations found during the same time last year.

“Over the two years we have been putting a lot of effort on the problem student neighborhoods,” said Bryan Glascock, ISD commissioner. “I think the landlords have gotten the message that we are not going away.”

The Allston-Brighton area recorded more than 800 trash-related violations on the weekend, the most of any neighborhood in Boston, according to figures from ISD. The second highest fined area, Mission Hill, recorded nearly 300 apartment violations, and the Back Bay had 274 violations.


Thousands of college students and others moved into new apartments and buildings during the Labor Day weekend.

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About 60 officials from various city departments worked during the weekend to inspect properties and issue fines, Glascock said. The fines ranged from $25 to $1,000, said Lisa Timberlake, ISD spokeswoman.

Inspectors also wrote more than 50 housing violations on the weekend.

The Environmental Sanitation wing of ISD issued 50 violations for rodent infestations, and building inspectors wrote an additional 20 violations for structural issues, including missing balusters and unsafe porches.

Inspectors also condemned two buildings as unlivable. The properties — in Allston and the Fenway area — are owned by Wendy Wong and Anwar Faisal, respectively.


Faisal, the owner of Alpha Management Corp., had a Fenway property condemned in September of last year, and has been scrutinized for his management practices in the past.

In addition, a property at 126 Calumet St. in Mission Hill, owned by Savage Properties, faced violations. Jason Savage of Savage Properties declined to comment on the building, where ISD said there were problems with no ventilation for a drier and no carbon dioxide detectors in the basement.

“Code enforcement officers know where there are problem sites,” Glascock said. “They are going to ensure those problems are getting resolved.”

Some new tenants arrived at their apartments and found them unlivable. Twenty-one violations were written for $300 each at units that were not safe, did not meet sanitary conditions, or did not properly post the owner’s name and contact information on the premises, Timberlake said.

Bianca Bello, a college student living in Allston, said she used Boston’s Citizens Connect application — a mobile program run by the city that allows residents to file complaints — to alert the city of violations in her new apartment.


“I was happy with the response,” Bello said. “I assumed it was someone from the city who organized the cleanup, but I’m not sure.”

Jasper Craven can be reached at or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.

Correction: Because of incorrect information provided to the Globe, an earlier version of this story erroneously reported that a Mission Hill apartment property faced possible condemnation. Inspectors from the Inspectional Services Department found various violations in the duplex at 126 Calumet St. on Sept. 2, including evidence of rodents, broken windows, and a missing carbon monoxide detector. But John Connors, court coordinator for the department, told property owner Jason Savage at a public hearing that the apartment never faced condemnation and did not contain an illegal basement unit, as a department spokeswoman originally told the Globe.