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 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.
The landlord gave less than 24 hours notice, and told the tenants attorney they needed access to tenant’s apartments for the Attorney General, to update engineering report read it here. The property manager also did not deny it was the AG coming:
Tenants believed it was another AG inspection and made themselves available. When they arrived, I still did not realize their purpose. It turned out the landlord misrepresented the facts to gain access for his own engineer inspection.
After people rearranged schedules, these “inspectors” went to a renovated apartment with the property manager. The attorney had said to deny access because he hadn’t heard back from the AG. The tenants were home though and the engineering company nor property manager did not even try to knock on their doors. The property manager didn’t even get the name of the company correct…
I had provided a week of access so let them see 1d -bathroom, and they took photographs.
Seems, since the original Engineer admitted his report was not accurate… the landlord is getting a chance to resubmit a new report by another engineering company.
After leaving the tenants in B line with leak since the 15th and in 1B with their bathroom ceiling in the tub and bowl since the 21- all weekend, the property manager finally decided to show up today. He tried saying he knew nothing about it and tried putting off repairs until Wednesday!Today, without notice, he had some guy, not a licensed plumber, repair the pipe upstairs in 3B, and a couple of other guys replace ceiling sheetrock in other B line apartments.
This is a repeat performance and probably not the last. There’s mold spots in those bathroom too. It’s probably growing behind the walls after so many leaks, for so many years.
Unannounced Access: The Property manager also came in 1D unannounced, without notice, to see the water damage from September 6 D-Line kitchen/bathroom shared wall/ceiling leak and to see how much worse the mold and leak stain is now from the ongoing bathroom leak above the tub (different from the kitchen/bathroom leak). The kitchen/bath leak was repaired in Feb-March, and the bathroom above tub several times this year, including it was just concealed at the end of June/July2. It’s now water drips under paint, brown stains and mold showing through again.
DOB: see next post for video and more ….. A DOB inspector from Special Ops also showed up today. He said is was for an audit of old violations. He saw the work going on; and saw gutted walls, garbage, gutted floor, electrical and gas line exposed in 1C … he gave the workers a warning. The permits are revoked and there is a stop work order for that apartment. He was going to do paperwork and send someone back. The super didn’t answer to let him in the basement, so he and left an LS4 notice.
This time the leak in the B line started with 3B who has had a busted pipe for a long time. NO one came to address teh emergency despite many calls, texts, emails. 2B had ceiling damage and water cascade.
Today, 1B had bathroom ceiling collapse.
The owner/property manager knew all about the busted pipe in 3B – for a long time – and about the leak it caused -again- down the B line of apartments from September 15 — ignoring that issue caused the ceiling to collapse in 1B
A worker said that another worker put a valve on wrong in an empty apartment upstairs. The landlord claimed via text, “boiler overfilled with water this am and cause many radiators to overfill with water. We had to shut down until mechanic arrives.”
We had no heat or hot water while it was worked on. Many tenants had to provide last minute emergency access and had belongings ruined because of this. They should use licensed workers who know what they are doing… The leak also came through to the vestibule. This is only egress
Note: The boiler worker came to fix it, but the landlord chose not to fix the scalding water issue or lack of pressure issues this day, while he was here, and would make us suffer with those issues longer!