Problem properties in Boston
How does a property become a “problem property”? We look at many details, including:
- issued and outstanding violations related to the building, housing, and sanitary codes
- the number of calls to the City's public safety agencies, and
- any other City incident reports written about the property over the past 12 months.
We investigate the issues associated with a property before adding it to the problem property list. Our task force also sends letters to owners about the designation. A property stays on the list until its owner addresses the outstanding issues.
List of problem properties
|ADDRESS||NEIGHBORHOOD||PARCEL ID||FULL ADDRESS||OWNER||PROPERTY TYPE|
|27 West Eagle Street||East Boston||0103443000||27 W EAGLE ST BOSTON MA 02128||CONWAY JOHN J JR||Two Family|
|639 Warren Street||Dorchester||1202543000||639-643H WARREN ST BOSTON MA 02121||SMITH JOHANN L||Residential Land|
|69-71 Proctor Street||Roxbury||0800485000||69--71 PROCTOR ST BOSTON MA 02119||CEFALU ROSLIA TS||Residential/Commercial|
|131 Eustis Street||Roxbury||0802286000||131 EUSTIS ST BOSTON MA 02119||AHMED FARD||One Family|
|72 Woodrow Avenue||Dorchester||1403698000||72 WOODROW AV BOSTON MA 02124||HARVEY VINA||One Family|
|19 Ledgebrook Road||Mattapan||1800017009||19 LEDGEBROOK RD BOSTON MA 02126||MARC E REVANCHE, LINDA REVANCHE||Two Family|
|137-139 Dorchester Street||South Boston||0700893000||137-139A DORCHESTER ST BOSTON MA 02127||CITY VIEW CONDO TR | NICHOLAS C POSER TS||Condo Main Building|
|64 Rosseter Street||Dorchester||1401346000||64 ROSSETER ST BOSTON MA 02121||CUONG VU, MINH HOANG VU, ROSSETER VU REALTY TRUST||Four-to-Six Family|
|26 Philbrick Street||Roslindale||1806520000||26 PHILBRICK ST BOSTON MA 02131||FRITZNER FRANCOIS, ANTOINNE FRANCOIS||One Family|
|40 Boylston Street||Downtown||0304894000||38--42 BOYLSTON ST BOSTON MA 02116||FORTY BOYLSTON ST ASSOC LLC||Residential/Commercial|
|201 Havre Street||East Boston||0106235000||201 HAVRE ST BOSTON MA 02128||JOSE MANCIA, BLANCA D FLORES||Three Family|
|216 Havre Street||East Boston||0106126000||216 HAVRE ST BOSTON MA 02128||216 HAVRE STREET LLC||Three Family|
|100 Mount Pleasant Avenue||Roxbury||0802761000||100 MT PLEASANT AV BOSTON MA 02119||JEFFREY LOMBA||Two Family|
|43 Oldfields Road||Dorchester||1400681050||43 OLDFIELDS RD BOSTON MA 02121||JUAN A GONZALEZ, ESMERALDA A DE GONZALEZ||Two Family|
|45 Crawford Street||Roxbury||1202173000||45 CRAWFORD ST BOSTON MA 02121||US BANK TRUST NA||Three Family|
|129 Selden Street||Dorchester||1702228000||129 SELDEN ST BOSTON MA 02124||LUIS ALZAMORA||Three Family|
|97 Mt. Ida Road||Dorchester||1501439000||97 MT IDA RD BOSTON MA 02122||EAST FOURTH STREET LLC||Three Family|
|20 Wardman Road||Roxbury||1101667000||20 WARDMAN RD BOSTON MA 02119||THOMAS MCELHINNEY||Three Family|
|11 Vaughan Ave||Dorchester||1400051000||11 Vaughan Ave Dorchester MA 02121||Bashir Madamidola||Two Family|
|64 O Street||South Boston||0603852000||64 O Street South Boston MA 02127||Sixty 4 O St. Condo TR||Condo Main Building|
|20 Homestead Stree||Roxbury||1203036000||20 Homestead Street Roxbury MA 02121||Bernard L. Diggs||Three Family|
|194-196 Blue Hill Ave||Roxbury||1300423020||194-196 Blue Hill Ave Roxbury MA 02119||194-200 Blue Hill LLC||Residential/Commercial|
|643 Walk Hill||Mattapan||1803196000||643 Walk Hill Mattapan MA, 02126||Jean N. Chery||Three Family|
|300 Warren||Roxbury||1200780000||300 Warren Roxbury MA 02119||Alemnesh Groom||Residential/Commercial|
|11 Fayston St||Dorchester||1400199000||11 Fayston St. Dorchester MA||Roberta Davis||Two Family|
|91 Anawan Ave||West Roxbury||2001700000||91 Anawan Ave. West Roxbury MA||Joseph C. Sullivan||Single Family|
|481-487 Geneva Ave.||Dorchester||1701151000||481-487 Geneva Ave, Dorchester MA||Geneva Waldeck LLC||Commercial|
|95 Greenwood St||Dorchester||1402599000||95 Greenwood St, Dorchester MA 02121||Jean Frantz Giles||Three Family|
|411 Seaver St.||Dorchester||1400953000||411 Seaver Street, Dorchester MA 02121||Yessenia Cruz||2 Family|
|94-96 Endicott St.||North End||0302538000||94-96 Endicott St, Boston MA 02113||Frank Roberto TS||Residential/Commercial|
|7-9 Sherman St.||Charlestown||0201864000||7-9 Sherman St, Charlestown MA 02129||Barry Goldman TS||Industrial|
|58 Lubec Street||East Boston||0104009000||58 Lubec Street, East Boston MA 02128||Nicola Dilibero TS||4-6 Family|
|527 Bennington St.||East Boston||0100850000||527 Bennington Street, East Boston MA 02128||Diego Osorno||Three Family|
|155 Southampton St||South End||0801021004||155 Southampton Street, Boston MA 02119||Theodore Glynn Way LLC||Commercial|
|16 Greenwich Street||East Boston||1500224000||16 Greenwich Street, East Boston MA 02120||Dung Nguyen||Two Family|
|49 Alpine Street||Roxbury||1201461000||49 Alpine Street, Roxbury MA 02119||David Ammerman||Three Family|
|175 Orleans St||East Boston||0103927000||175 Orleans Street, East Boston MA 02120||Hudson 62 Realty||Industrial|
|19 Gray Street||South End||0500869004||19 Gray Street, Boston MA 02116||William J Markos||Condo Main Building|
|15 Abbot Street||Dorchester||1401970000||15 Abbot Street, Dorchester MA 02124||Aldexter Foy||Three Family|
|99 Moreland Street||Roxbury||1200379000||99 Moreland Street, Roxbury MA 02119||Michael Palmer||4-6 Family|
|30 Copeland Street||Roxbury||1200297000||30 Copeland Street, Roxbury MA 02119||Richard Andrews||Single Family|
|9 Bowdoin Street||Beacon Hill||0300027000||9 Bowdoin Street,Boston 02114||HAT Bowdoin Realty LLC||Residential/Commercial|
|472 Commonwealth Ave||Fenway||0503930000||472 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215||Joseph Perroncello||Residential/Commercial|
|69 Gainsborough Street||Fenway||0401596000||69 Gainsborough Street, Boston MA 02115||69 Gainsborough St. LLC||Residential|
|3 Arion Street||Dorchester||1301325000||3 Arion Street, Dorchester MA 02125||US Bank NA||Three Family|
|179 Chestnut Avenue||Jamaica Plain||1900643000||179 Chestnut Avenue, Jamaica Plain MA 02130||Warren Wees Van||One Family|
About the Task Force
Strong, vibrant neighborhoods are built around a perception of safety and shared vitality. One bad property on a street can disrupt the quality of life for the people living nearby. To address crime and blight in our neighborhoods, the City created the Problem Properties Task Force in 2011.
The Task Force represents more than a dozen City departments and agencies. As part of our work, we identify “problem properties.” These properties often soak up the City’s public safety and neighborhood resources. In some cases, these addresses are centers of drug use, violence, or other crimes. In other cases, they are visual blights that pose a safety hazard. In all cases, owners have allowed their properties to become chronic problems.
Through our enforcement authority, the Task Force holds property owners responsible. We empower the City to levy fines against absentee landlords. We also give citizens a way to address quality of life issues.
- City of Boston Code of Ordinances, Chapter 9-13 | Establishing the Problem Properties Task Force
- City of Boston Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16-56 | Penalties for Valid Complaint Problem Properties
- City of Boston Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16-57 | Public Nuisance Properties
Designating a property
There are several ways that properties may be brought to the Task Force’s attention, including:
- through City departments and agencies
- through BOS:311 complaints, and
- from members of the public through the Office of Neighborhood Services.
City departments and agencies will suggest properties based on reasons specific to their work. Members of the public often suggest properties that are blighted, or seem to have lots of criminal activity.
When a property is designated a “problem property,” there have been at least four valid complaint incidents in the past 12 months. But, the process is a little more involved than just the four complaints. The Task Force always reviews the exact nature and severity of all issues.
After we collect information and completes our investigation, we make a decision on the property. We prepare a formal notice for property owners. Our task force sends this notice through registered mail to the address of the problem property, and it includes:
- information about the nature of the issues at the property, and
- a request to contact the Task Force chair and the local District Police Captain or the Inspection Services commissioner. These officials help develop a method through which a property owner can address their issues.
Property owners can appeal their designation. There is a formal process to appeal the designation before an appointed appeals board.