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 ….??

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.

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:

False Claims 1D Unlevel Floor

The kitchen/living area wood floor in 1D remains very unlevel. The landlords have gutted and replaced but made the issue worse -twice- They have consistently misrepresented information about the repair to DHCR, and falsely claimed I didn’t provide access –all, in order to interfere with use of my apartment (and my health). Though they were ordered to both by DHCR and HP Action Court, they now claim they do not have to, and they will not repair the floor. This post exposes the truth.

Unlevel floor was originally an HPD violation in 2012, then found by HPD inspector in September. The condition is part of tenant HP Action for Repairs (joined November 2018), and promised to be corrected as part of that action. The floor repair was also written as new HPD violation 12/5/18.

The Unlevel floor was also part of a DHCR individual rent reduction granted in 2016, falsely certified leveled in Owner’s Application to Restore Rent dated April 2018, found unlevel/granted in Non-Compliant case 2018, with settlement providing 60 days to cure dated December 18, 2018. It was also found to be unlevel by the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force and new dockets opened by those inspectors 12/2018.

On January 4, 2019 the owners again falsely certified conditions corrected in the original order to DHCR. On January 8 to DHCR they falsely claimed the work was not part of the HP action and admitted it (and other work) was not done/the January 4 application was not valid.

The also lied regarding access, they abuse access to interfere with apartment use and harm a disabled tenant.

They had weeks and made the condition worse in 2016:

And again February through March 2018, they made it less level:

More details in chronological order below. also view 2-7-19, 2-19-19, 3-5-19

Numerous 1D Floor Repair Dates…read the short timeline… and long timeline with exhibits below (rough draft…more coming soon)

Continue reading “False Claims 1D Unlevel Floor”

3-5-2019 Access 1b, 1d, 3d

After the landlord told us everything had to go through the attorney, his attorney sent us letters for access. 1D, 1B today, 9am-5pm. 3D and 3D tomorrow, 3-6-19. Of course they wnaed unannounced access to 3D today too and it was granted. The original letters called for access for window repair, however, windows were repaired already. The next letter had no scope of work defined. Tenants prepared for the floor, clearing living /kitchen areas. 1D also cleared bathroom near door. The floors would not be done.

1B – access (more of all on youtube)


3-5-19 1D Access, repairs & floor -LiveStreamed

Live Streamed access on YouTube to avoid any questions of date or what occurred. Access was requested via letter today. Letter was from yet another of this landlord’s attorneys, direct to represented tenants. It mentioned a small bedroom which I don’t have and one day of access for windows. Windows were fixed last June & living room windows in December 7 (see post). The second letter had no scope of work at all (see post), and landlord would not say what would be done. He pretends his violations are work we “want” done. This is 14 out of 15 months they’ve been in my apartment now. There are 3 issues, just 3…

When they left, I live streamed video of issues… and areas I had to have clear -again – it’s been unbelievable amount of times – its access abuse

{Note: some, like the leaky sink, and bathroom door were created by them when they replaced it, they didn’t align lock, the next access, they fix lock, didn’t shave door, etc… If this (and what they do to other tenants), isn’t intentional to interfere with peace and use of apartments, I don’t know what is. It is certainly not wanting to “create better apartments for tenants” as they claim to enforcement.

The floors are very unlevel. Live streamed on youtube today….

Late in the day, the worker came back to fix the bathroom door:

3-1-19 Wood still taking space apartment 1D & Floor 1C (not to permit but level)

The landlord still hadn’t sent anyone to remove the flooring from my apartment. It is taking up a lot of space in my tiny apartment. Today, the super and a tenant put it in 1C. The floor in 1C was seen by the Home Depot worker who said that would work in my apartment. This is the wood boxes in 1D and the leveled floor in 1C – of course, the permit for 1C says flooring over existing but whatever…