The November 11, 2103 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly featured an article written by Jeffrey N. Catalano and Eric Asquith of Todd & Weld LLP entitled "Amending the Lodging House Statute Could Save Lives." Mr. Catalano, a partner with the firm, and Mr. Asquith, an associate with the firm, routinely represent victims of catastrophic injuries in tort-related cases.
The article describes the tragic consequences that have been occurring with increased frequency in Boston when students living in overcrowded off-campus houses risk injury or death in the event of fire. The article describes two recent fires which occurred in overcrowded homes in the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods.
Messrs. Catalano and Asquith recommend the amendment of the Lodging House Statute to include apartment houses. This would "trigger the implementation of fire protection measures in off-campus apartments and homes, which accordingly would improve student safety." The article concludes that the proposed statutory amendment would "uniformly and substantially increase the safety of thousands of tenants throughout the state by requiring additional monitoring and reporting, potentially preventing more deaths and injuries, including to many vulnerable college students."
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