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.
The second floor tile in front of 2D and 2C door was missing broken for years. The HP Action and DHCR building-wide reduction finally forced it to be fixed at the end of November. The tenants egress was blocked without notice as they did demolition, cement and tile work. It is a shoddy job with gaps…the violation for slope is still not fixed.
The landlords (also licensed attorneys) are supposed to only contact represented tenants through their attorney. The court stipulations clearly stated (represented) tenants are to arrange access through attorney, and they did.
These landlords conflate issues, including with three different attorneys. Just today, on tape, the landlord said more than 10 times to, “call the attorney, the attorney represents tenants for all issues, regardless of agency, everything has to go through attorney.” One example is below.
Yet, also today, another of their lawyers sent tenants letters direct for access, they included wrong rooms, some were for work already done and one day of access, 1B, 1D received letters for March 5, 2D, 3D received letters for March 6. Tenants honored the dates…and more.
When they work on the roof, they throw cement down…still…. no warning to tenants who live by the sidewalk shed, they wake up to guys in their windows and banging … another tenant here noticed their air conditioner is also ruined from this “work”.
A worker told us that another worker did something to a radiator incorrectly in one of the vacant apartments upstairs. This caused leaks in many apartments and the hallway. Everyone had to provide last minute access to correct the issue caused by use of unlicensed workers. Water also came down in the vestibule and they blocked easement as they fixed it. We also went without water as the boiler worker came and shut it off. The leak flooded apartments 1B, 2B, 2C, 3C, 4B, 4C, 5B…
It was around 7:30am when very loud crashes and glass breaking startled me awake. I immediately looked out the window to see glass all over the fire escape, and a piece of the fire escape ladder below. The attorney was not in, we can not call 311, so I sent a text to the owner, thinking it may be vandals. I then reached the Super who informed me the workers are working in 4D (today is Sunday). Other tenants woken by the crashing sounds also reached out. I then saw one of the workers who lied and said he heard nothing. The same worker told another tenant they dropped a hammer (there is no hammer in the backyard). We still have no idea how or from where the fire escape drop-ladder fell or the glass broke.
The worker was carrying steel reinforcement beams and said he was working in 4D. At this time, there is no permit for total renovation of 4D…read the next post.
The landlord pretends he doesn’t know the hot water is scalding until he sees me burn my hand today. It is an old repeated violation, when we have hot water, it’s boiling hot from faucets. The court inspector told him to fix it on November 20, we have told him too, but today he pretends he doesn’t know it’s scalding and sends a text and/or email message to all tenants saying it will be fixed and to use cold water. The plumber was here 12-7-18. It is now 12-14 and it’s still not fixed.
Below 12-12 text will be public record but may be copyright – it was sent as an email to all tenants. I do not agree to email communication so received a text.
No notice. The tile in front of 2D and 2C was missing and cracked for years — and a long-standing violation that went un-repaired. The landlord had falsely claimed to DHCR in answer to tenant harassment claim, dated November 15, that the floor was already repaired. So, November 27, they did use any tenant protection, did not warn the tenants, but blocked egress and demolished tile. First, they saw tile in the hallway causing debris/dust flying even to the first floor where the video below was taped
A tenant came home with her son to find sawing, drilling–and one day it was fresh cement, another it was re-tiling of the hallway in front of her door, completely blocking her egress and had to spend hours at a neighbors.
I ask if there is a tenant protection plan…
Then the tenant comes home and is blocked from entering her apartment.
All that for this job, leaving large crack under door.