City officials: Up to 20 flight attendants crammed into illegal rooming house in East Boston – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – The city of Boston is in the process of shutting down an illegal rooming house that inspectors say was used by flight attendants coming into Logan Airport.

After receiving an anonymous complaint from the fire department about an illegal unit or rooming house on Geneva Street in East Boston, city inspectors found a garage with 20 beds inside, according to the Department of Inspectional Services.

The 19 occupants, who are all believed to be flight attendants, were said to be paying $300 a month to stay in what they referred to as a “crash pad.”

“They live there, they sleep there, they eat there. So it’s residential, it’s illegal and it’s dangerous,” said inspector John Meaney. “On paper, it’s a garage. They had somebody construct an apartment above the garage, which is illegal. No permits pulled.”

The garage did not have smoke detectors or a second means of exit. A kitchen and four bathrooms were both installed without permits and there was an exposed ceiling and opening in the chimney, according to the inspectors.

“All of which is a serious fire hazard and could create a danger to all occupants,” city officials said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that we have these types of landlords who are not thinking about the safety of individuals but about how to line their pockets.”

The city has taken control of the property and will coordinate access to the tenants to allow them to retrieve their things.

“What you really had was a death trap. I don’t think any of them knew it,” said Meaney.

The first floor of the garage was being used as a warehouse.

7NEWS did reach out to the company that is listed as the owner of the garage for comment but has not heard back.

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