I am privileged to represent one of the most diverse and exciting districts in Massachusetts. Families who have called Boston home for generations live alongside recent college graduates who chose to stay in the city to start their careers, and college students who are the cornerstone of our city’s future.
But some of these vibrant communities are dying because a few unscrupulous landlords have transformed 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments into off-campus dormitories, stacking as many as 14 students at a time in these homes. Oftentimes, these are absentee landlords who do not properly maintain the units, creating a safety hazard to students and neighbors. It also drives up the tax base, pricing young professionals and long-time residents out of these communities.
We know that most students are looking for nothing more than an affordable place to sleep and eat while they get through school. But we also recognize that when thousands of students converge on a small neighborhood like Mission Hill, some will show no concern for the community where they live. It is up to those of us who represent those areas to stand up and say enough is enough.