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Monday, July 15, 2013

Only a few Nashua illegal unit cases turned up in the last year

NASHUA – Code Enforcement Manager Nelson Ortega compiled a listing of the most recent reports of illegal units, or illegal apartments, in Nashua.

According to a citywide survey from seven years ago, there are 18,000 apartments available for rent in Nashua and only about 15 illegal apartment cases were reported this year, with only a handful still under investigation. The issue of apartments like these has come to the Board of Aldermen table recently, with talks of establishing an overnight parking pilot program in the Tree Streets neighborhood. While some say they could exacerbate the problem of people living in illegal homes, others say the program could be a positive change to people’s quality of life by conveniently allowing parking close to downtown apartments. ...

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NASHUA – Code Enforcement Manager Nelson Ortega compiled a listing of the most recent reports of illegal units, or illegal apartments, in Nashua.

According to a citywide survey from seven years ago, there are 18,000 apartments available for rent in Nashua and only about 15 illegal apartment cases were reported this year, with only a handful still under investigation. The issue of apartments like these has come to the Board of Aldermen table recently, with talks of establishing an overnight parking pilot program in the Tree Streets neighborhood. While some say they could exacerbate the problem of people living in illegal homes, others say the program could be a positive change to people’s quality of life by conveniently allowing parking close to downtown apartments.

Here is a summary of those reports that came to the city from July 2012 to present.

97 West Hollis St.

Owned by – Nicholas J. Cabrera

Complaint received – Jan. 23, 2013

Status – Closed, May 9, 2013

Additional notes – The city’s Code Enforcement Department had 14 different interactions with the landlord on this unit. It was first targeted as an illegal dwelling when a member of the Nashua Fire department placed a call after responding to a medical emergency there. The official said the unit did not appear to be safe or a legal dwelling unit. The current tenant was advised to contact the local welfare department for assistance and the owner was told to get a plumber to “clean up” gas connections and was provided with information on lead programs. On May 9, was told the basement and garage must remain vacant until he removed the unit or obtained the required variances and building permits. Ortega said a variance typically costs $900.

66 Ash St.

Owned by – Jacob and Shoba Poulose

Complaint received – June 18, 2013

Status – Open

Additional notes – The owner notified the tenant in writing the basement could not be used as a bedroom as it did not have proper ingress and egress space. A police officer was called to the building to assist the tenant and owner in the removal of the bed from the basement. The ceiling had collapsed there and a small section was due to a leak from upstairs. The owner told the tenant would have to make the repair and remove the washer system. The tenant was ultimately evicted for non-payment of rent and a copy of this report was sent to the owner on June 21.

74 Chestnut St.

Owned by – Charles Forester

Complaint received – Feb. 25, 2013

Status – Open

Additional notes – An anonymous complaint came to the department alleging there was an illegal unit above the garage. The caller ended up being another tenant of the building who had problems with the garage tenant and who said the owner would not defend his concerns.

The owner was advised he needed to apply for a variance, and on April 4 the owner opted to file for permits and update the floor plan.

76-78 Chestnut St.

Owned by – Louis Navarete

Complaint received – March 26, 2013

Status – Closed, April 22

Additional notes – An official reported to the code enforcement department an eviction was underway at a rental unit that did not appear to be legal. The case was closed when reports came the tenant was evicted from the unit.

21 Elm St.

Owned by - Pauline J. and William A. Jr. Hamel

Complaint received – Jan. 29, 2013

Status – Closed, June 12

Additional notes – The apartment in question had been in existence for more than 30 years. The tenant complained to Code Enforcement the bedroom inside did not have a window. The owner was advised if she continues to rent the unit as a bedroom, it must be in an area where a window is located.

87 Lock St.

Owned by – Adelaida Norena

Complaint received – May 28, 2013

Status – Open

Additional notes – The tenant reported an illegal unit in the basement as well as plumbing and electrical issues with exposed gas lines in the living room of the apartment.

On June 24, following an inspection, a letter was mailed to the owner advising her of various violations. Her attorney responded to the office on June 28 to say a member from the office may be subpoenaed to court.

12-14 Lake St.

Owned by - Robert Heywood

Complaint received – May 28, 2013

Status – Closed, May 28

Additional notes – Officials reported they found no evidence to date that there were additional living dwelling units on the property.