Faisal defends record, promises improvement

August 13, 2014
Controversial Boston landlord Anwar N. Faisal said he was disappointed to be accused of being one of the city’s worst slumlords, but told the city council on Wednesday that he is taking major strides to improve the maintenance of his apartments and to be more responsive to tenants’ concerns.
     In his first public remarks since a Globe Spotlight series identified him as one of the most complained-about landlords who cater to college students, Faisal said that he recently hired a half dozen new maintenance employees and started sending inspectors to the more than 1,000 apartment units he controls in the city.
     But Faisal rejected any suggestion that he deliberately ignores tenant concerns or that his company, Alpha Management Corp., discriminates against potential tenants based on race, a charge that Attorney General Martha Coakley is currently investigating.