Lease tricks

Today, two of us received communication falsely stating that we did not submit a signed copy of our lease renewals. We had both already received it back with the landlords usual scribbled signature. My security deposit check, submitted with my signed lease copy had been cashed in January.

What trick could this be? They consistently use certified letters, whether actually mailed or not, as verifiable evidence. The sad truth is that city/state agencies accept just a copy of a letter and (even unstamped) certified mail receipts and landlord’s word as proof of whatever they claim. Tenants factual evidence and testimony is always disregarded. Hmmm….Do I wait to see how they use this certified letter, or ….??

Perpetually Repaired Bedroom Radiator

The bedroom radiator in 1B has been worked on repeatedly without a permanent fix. The water that leaks from it has a foul odor and is extremely hot. The landlord has refused to replace the radiator, opting to paint it instead … something that he clearly did not due during the court ordered round of apartment repairs in August of 2018. This has lead to the tiles on the floor (which should have been wood flooring vis-à-vis HPD.

The leaking radiator issue is compounded by the unexpected clanging of the pipes when tenants receive heat in the building. The noise is deafening and wakes one up in the middle of night unexpectedly or when daily activities are being performed, hampering tenants quality of life.

Garbage Building Alleyway

The issue of trash, pigeon droppings, construction debris, concrete, etc. has been an ongoing issue for years for tenants. The concrete covering the alleyway comes from work being performed on the roof that tenants were not made aware of. This caused the damage of property to many tenants, from broken air conditioners to windows gunked and covered with concrete. These issues still remain.

For those living on the lower levels, especially the 1st floor, the smell in the summer and even the winter months is unbearable, not allowing for fresh air circulate in the apartments. Making the matter worse, the smell from the pigeon droppings is bolstered by the noise of the pigeons. This noise can last for hours on end and disrupt sleeping patterns.

Basement Construction Shaking Apartment

On November 29, 2019, construction work was taking place in the basement. The noise was unnerving and lasted for hours, well into the evening. The noise was so loud that it shook the walls and floors, rattling everything in the apartment from the bed to the stove in the kitchen.

Apartment/Stove Shaking from Construction Work in Basement

6-11-2019 4D going back!

After writing in details of 4D in my court affidavit and an email to the AG, the landlord is finally allowing 4D back in his rent control apartment. After summons, stop work orders, work without permit, it was finally finished long ago. The workers, and other all said he wasn’t getting back in. I knew if it was brought up in court filings and / or AG got involved they would have to let him back in, so they can appear as if they are doing the right thing! Now, they will try to use that in their favor…we’re ready!

5-25 to 5-29-2019 Demo & Moving Plumbing & Gas Lines 1C

Have been busy, need to do add a lot of new incidents to this blog but will start with the past few days.
The owners have sent workers back to 1C. Since last week, they’ve demolished the bathroom and wall in between 1C and 1D– again. Every word said next door can be heard (not understood, as this company Euro Ti seems to only hire men from Maldovia). Euro TI is a non-registered contractor, they don’t hire licensed workers. These are workers who didn’t plaster and paint properly so had to redo the kitchen ceiling leak paint 3 (out of more) times to conceal the leak stain in 1d –they also wanted to break an outside wall to make the sink fit!

The noise from construction is incredible, but worrisome is the shaking. the floors and walls are shaking. They are in the basement breaking open the ceiling – to “bring pipes up”. The permit says they will use existing roughing but the plans show moving the entire kitchen area, which means moving all gas and plumbing lines. The owners tried to tell DHCR it will be an electric stove, but the agreement they provided tenants and the sworn offering plan admits it’s gas. Therefore all new gas lines will need to be placed where there are none. Without a proper permit there will be no oversight.

On Friday, May 25, I was startled with a very loud noise sounded like a jackhammer – and yelled as stuff fell off of my wall & shelf. They must have heard me next door. A worker knocked on my door and admits they are making a hole to bring up pipes and tenants in the C line had no water – without notice:

4-9-19: Unannounced access 2b 2d

Since going in 2D without appointment was noted, they have taken to ringing other doorbells. Today, they rant 2b saying it was an inspector. It’s the electrical company trying to get into 2D. Note that they signed off as work complete in September then completely rewired the apartments (with permit only to cure violation of exposed wiring and unlicensed work) in December 2018. The work was still not complete and Gotham Electric has been back many times including with DOB inspectors telling them what to fix. 2D provided access monthly, sometimes weekly. This is harassment.