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Concord court orders help for evicted tenants
The Vegas Building on Main Street in Concord was the site of recent closure to residents due to unsafe conditions. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Remi Hinxhia bought the building at the corner of Centre and Main streets at a foreclosure auction for $975,000 and back taxes June 23. He owns the adjoining building and requested the inspection that revealed at least a dozen life safety code violations, including fire doors that did not close, holes in walls, missing plumbing fixtures and roaches and bedbugs.
Deputy City Manager Carlos Baia said there have been issues with the building for the seven years he has been with the city. When it comes to ordering a building closed, he said: "We tread very carefully." But he said the life safety issues demanded action.
If Hinxhia rehabilitates the building the way he did the adjoining building, Berry speculated that most of the tenants wouldn't be able to afford to live there.
Stephanie Bray, managing attorney in the Concord office of NHLA, said her agency has been working with the building's residents. She said it was difficult to find hotel rooms for the ousted tenants and that she had high praise for the SPCA, which took in at least a half dozen cats who couldn't go to hotel rooms with their owners.
She said the judge ordered the city to post a notice on the front entrance of the building, notifying evicted tenants to contact the Human Services office for assistance, with the telephone number and address of the office provided.
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