Inspectional Services Department (ISD) Director Nick Catinazzo said that his department has been on the lookout for illegal apartments more than ever over the past few months, but they've never encountered anything like what they found at Smith's property.
"We see a lot of properties with one illegal apartment, maybe two," he
said, "but 12 illegal units in two buildings - 12 units - that's insane.
We've never seen six on each side.
That, however, is not exactly happening with any measure of desperation, according to Doherty and Catinazzo
On Monday, Catinazzo
said an ISD
team and the City Solicitor investigated the properties and determined that it wasn't an emergency situation that would require the units to be evacuated.
said that 12 of the illegal units would have to be taken down in the coming weeks - just as any illegal apartment that is discovered.
"The ISD inspector indicated that the apartments were relatively clean," said Catinazzo
"It wasn't like a rat trap, but there were a lot of safety problems such as emergency lighting."
also said they found a structural problem on one of the back porches, where it appeared the porches had been constructed without any supporting beams on the ground.
"It didn't appear there were proper supports for the porch," said Catinazzo
also indicated that there were no Certificates of Fitness for any of the apartments.
Those certificate inspections are required by the Health Department before any apartment is rented in Revere.
"This is going to be a situation that continues for some time," said Catinazzo
said the City is exploring that question right now.
"It is a good question," said Catinazzo