City building inspectors say they observed multiple code violations when they inspected singer R. Kelly’s Near West Side studio on Wednesday afternoon.
On Wednesday afternoon, inspectors were escorted by Chicago police officers into the building, and they say they found multiple violations of the city’s zoning and building codes.
“At today’s inspection, City inspectors observed building code violations, including evidence of residential use, which is non-compliant with the zoning code, and work performed without approved plans or permits,” the Department of Buildings said in a statement.
Inspectors were observed at the property for about an hour on Wednesday, and then inspected the perimeter of the property before leaving for the day.
The singer has been back in the spotlight since a Lifetime documentary series entitled “Surviving R. Kelly” hit the air. The program documents years of abuse allegations and sexual misconduct against the singer, but he has denied all the allegations.
In addition to the violations of city code, court records also show that Kelly owes more than $173,000 in back rent and court fees to the landlord of the Near West Side property. If he doesn’t pay, Kelly could face eviction as early as Jan. 21.
Despite those issues, those in Kelly’s circle aren’t worried about the situation.
“I really think they need to let it go,” an acquaintance told NBC 5. “They found a couple of building code violations and that’s what it is. If he’s behind on his taxes or rent, please pay it and just be done and move on.”