Boston is suing a Rhode Island man it says bought a federally and city-funded “affordable” Roxbury condo in 2012 but is now renting it out, in violation of a deed restriction that requires the unit only be owned and occupied by Boston residents.
In its complaint, filed Friday in Suffolk Superior Court, the city asks a judge to order John Brownell to immediately sell the condo to Boston residents who could really use a place to live as well as pay the city all the money he’s made renting the place.
At issue is a condo at 102 Homestead St., one of the 16 units in Uva Douglas Estates at Sugar Hill, which were sold in 2012 with deed restrictions limiting their ownership and occupancy to Boston residents making no more than 80% of the Boston area median income. The units are named for an 82-year-old neighbor of the project who died when somebody torched the development while it was still under construction in 2002.
Boston alleges that…