Mass. resident fined for illegal bed and breakfast

Police, fire and city inspectors arrived at the home Friday and fined Richard Cope on charges he violated zoning and building codes

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Quincy officials have fined a homeowner $1,000 on accusations he operated an illegal bed-and-breakfast in his home.

The Patriot Ledger reports that police, fire and city inspectors arrived at the home Friday and fined Richard Cope on charges he violated zoning and building codes. They acted following complaints from neighbors.

Cope said he and his fiancé enjoy travel and invite families from other countries to stay with them. He said his fiancé called it a “scary day” Friday as officials arrived and issued what he called an undeserved fine.

An ad on a lodging website said the Quincy home accommodates six guests and may be booked for two nights minimum at $150 a night.

The city says Cope was previously fined $500 fine last month.

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