Candidate’s residency takes a new turn

By Charles Sercombe

City Council candidate Abu Mahfuz claims he lives in Hamtramck.

But it appears the address he originally claimed he lived at is an empty attic.

This week, we received an email from Mohammad Nazrul Islam, who lives at 2424 Neibel, which is the address that Mahfuz has told the city is his official residence.

We had recently visited the two-family house and noticed that the lower flat appeared to be empty, and that a woman living in the upper flat said no one was living there. As it turns out, the woman is married to Islam. Islam said his wife does not speak English.

Islam further said that Mahfuz lives in the third upper unit.

The Review did some research on the house. We called the Department of Public Services and asked who owns the house and whether it was registered as a rental dwelling since it appears renters live there.

We learned that Mohammad Kamruzzaman owns the house, but he had failed to register it as a rental dwelling. As for the upper third unit, it is an attic, and it’s against the law to reside in an attic.

On Wednesday, a city inspector and the fire marshal visited the house. Vince Peruchietti, a rental home inspector, said he closed down the third floor unit at the house and demanded that the owner register with the city as a landlord.

The attic unit, Peruchietti said, had been converted into a room, but he saw no signs of anyone living there.

There is a new ripple in the Mahfuz residency question. On July 1, he changed his address with the Secretary of State Office, and he now says he lives at 11450 Moran.

Stay tuned, folks.

3 Responses to Candidate’s residency takes a new turn

  1. John

    July 9, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Does Steve Shaya live in the city either, and isn’t it amazing how Mr. Shaya is still controlling the DPW after being fired as its director for misusing it.
    Hey Chip be fair and don’t block comments

  2. Roger Lamm for Council

    July 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    What’s more important is that even if Mahfuz’s new address is shown to be legit, it disqualifies him as you need to be a resident 30 days prior to registration. Honestly although as a candidate i have to laugh at these issues that a few candidates seem to have, *but* as a resident i feel my trust in those candidates has been betrayed. Also Mr Shaya does live in the city, if you doubt it ask him face to face :)

  3. John

    July 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Charles
    Why don’t you write about Shahab Ahmed missing so many council meeting.
    I bet If Jankowski or Gordon or the other missed the meeting like Shahab
    You would write it
    Be Fair
    John

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