14 January 2008

KingCast presents Robert Taylor's Law: May his death in the Gloucester, MA 80 Middle Street/Lorraine fire not be in vain.

Robert Taylor reportedly feared his death at the Lorraine, and his fears were well founded. While no one apparently knows what exactly caused the fatal fire, that has nothing to do with the legitimacy or value of this proposed bill, as published in the comment section.
"He kept saying, 'I'm living on borrowed time living in this firetrap,'" Kushin said.

Peace be unto you Mr. Taylor. You overcame all matter of personal demons to make quite a life for yourself and to grow your personhood and to share your caring ways with others.

Related post: Robert Taylor's remains found.
Related post: The Lorraine before and after the fire.


Christopher King said...

Robert Taylor's Law:

Taylor's Law:

WHEREAS the High Court of Massachusetts has determined that the conveyance of a lease carries certain promises, to wit:

"We now find in the rental of a dwelling unit . . . an implied agreement by the landlord that the rented unit complies with the minimum standards prescribed by building and sanitary codes and that he will do whatever those codes require for compliance during the term of the renting. Crowell v. McCaffrey, 377 Mass. 443, 451 (1979): We also held that violation of a statute or building code provision related to safety was evidence of the landlord's negligence. Accord Lindsey v. Massios, 372 Mass. 79, 83-84 (1977). Perry v. Medeiros, 369 Mass. 836, 841 (1976)."


It is potentially a crime for a landlord not to be in compliance with bulding code: 780 CMR 118.4: Violation penalties: Whoever violates any provision of 780 CMR, except any specialized code referenced herein, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both for each such violation. Each day during which a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. The building official shall not begin criminal prosecution for such violations until the lapse of 30 days after the issuance of the written notice of violation.


That it shall be a crime of Fraud for a landlord to a) present any type of lease or b) to allow any type of leasehold arrangement in a dwelling without notifying the holder of the leasehold estate that the building is not current with applicable health or inspection code if the premises has been out of code for a period of thirty (30) days or more. Each day out of rule more than thirty (30) may be assessed as contemplated by 780 CMR 118.4.

Christopher King said...

From the email tip jar, these comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the owner of this blawg:


To: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
Subject: RE: Let's do this; Robert Taylor's Law.
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 03:36:06 +0000

Nice. Perfect. My sentiments exactly. Let this man's spirit live on in helping the poor, disenfranchised and powerless who are at the whim of the rich slumlord.

Good work.

Christopher King said...

From the email tip jar, these comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the owner of this blawg:


"And I've noticed this weekend that the city is declaring the Lorraine case closed. They say the the fire was accidental, but they don't know how or where it started. And they have some remains to give Taylor's family, but they don't know if it's Taylor or not. No matter, they can't find Taylor's family, either. In other words, the city's just bailing out so they can close the door on it.

Now if I was a newspaper reporter or an investigator in Gloucester, I'd have somebody casually asking the firefighters (not the officers) if there are any other places in town that they have long known to be "firetraps." And then I'd watch and see if the new city council and mayor take any measures to prevent another Lorraine."

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