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November 14, 2012

Rooming house drawing complaints

Beverly: Neighbors say Greycroft Inn residents treat it like 'frat house'


But Gauthier, who has lived on Bay Street directly behind the building for 15 years, said the last year and a half have been a “nightmare,” with rooming house residents drinking and swearing in the backyard.

“I’m upset because this is my home,” she said. “I have nothing against somebody down and out trying to improve their lives. But the fact that I have to come here asking for peace, it’s not right.”

Councilors told Oprzedek that he must improve communication with neighbors and enforce the house rules that the City Council approved in 2008.

Wes Slate, the chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee, told Oprzedek that the City Council can revoke his lodging license at any time. Slate suggested that Oprzedek hire a manager who also lives at the property. The current manager does not.

“I don’t see how you can expect somebody who doesn’t live there to effectively supervise it,” Slate said.

Councilor Scott Houseman said he considers Oprzedek to be essentially “on probation.” If the problems are not resolved, Houseman said, “I think it’s the council’s responsibility to revoke the license.”

Slate instructed Oprzedek to provide the committee with a copy of the house rules and the contract that residents sign to live there. The committee voted to hold the matter and bring it up at its next meeting.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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