|R Kelly Studio space, 2nd floor, photo from 2015, before Kelly rented there.|
R. Kelly Studio Fiasco/ code violations
by Susan Basko, esq.
R. Kelly has lots of legal troubles lately, including that he is being evicted from the studio he rents for over $22,000 per month. According to the Chicago Reader, the studio is owned by Midwest Commercial Funding, LLC. Chicago got an inspection order, went in and found 48 building code violations. The building is also up for sale for nearly $4 million. It's not likely a building being sold with a whole roster of major code violations can be sold for that much money.
The studio building is a warehouse near Union Park in Chicago. This is an up and coming area with a lot of hip businesses, internet-based start-ups, cafes, etc. The area is near the Lake Street el, is a few minutes from downtown, but is dicey.
|R Kelly Studio building exterior|
|R Kelly studio 2nd floor, picture from 2015 before Kelly was a tenant.|
|Chicago building inspection order for the building housing R Kelly's studio|
In 2010, an inspector found numerous code violations on the exterior of the building, but entry to the interior was refused. This was before R Kelly was a tenant. See the notation that in 2010, the building inspector was refused entry to the building.
The report includes the long list of 2019 alleged code violations, which are labeled as being from the Strategic Task Force, which sounds much more dire than just a building inspector. The building owners are being required to remove plumbing and other work that was done without a permit. They are required to hire an architect, come up with plans, get permits, and make a lot of structural repairs and improvements.
Meanwhile, it looks like R. Kelly can take his money and go have a studio somewhere that does not have massive building code violations. Scroll along the right edge of the report to view all of the alleged violations in detail.
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