Maine’s largest city facing ‘illegal’ apartments
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city has reorganized its housing safety office in response to an apartment fire that left six people dead in 2014.
The Bangor Daily News reports that Portland has found 81 “illegal” units at 72 properties since rolling out the reform in January 2017.
Some buildings have failed to conform with city code because of violations or a lack of city approval. So far, 33 landlords have opted to bring properties up to code.
Portland’s Permitting and Inspection Department Director Michael Russell said Portland is following up with owners of 16 properties that have received violation notices.
Landlords of 13 other properties decided to vacate and close the units.
Portland’s four full-time inspectors review 4,000 rentals annually. Russell said thousands of an estimated 18,000 rentals haven’t gotten a visit.
Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com