- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Portsmouth officials have closed a rooming house and ordered all the tenants out of the building because it’s unsafe.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1PPK6kn ) Monday’s closure left about 30 residents scrambling to find housing.

City attorney Robert Sullivan says officials ordered building owner Brian Hogan to have the tenants out of the boarding house by Friday night and provide temporary housing, but he didn’t do that.

Building inspector Robert Marsilia says an electric shock hazard in the rooming house presents a “life-safety concern.” He says the building’s roof is just a temporary patch and not a “permanent roof.”

Officials say Hogan met with them Monday and told them he began refunding tenants’ rent that had been paid Friday.



Hogan’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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