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.
They had sent a letter for access to 3D today with no scope of work, then refused to say what needed to be done. The letter was only for today but they asked for access without notice yesterday too. Tenant cleared closets, living / kitchen area also preparing for floors –which would not be done. When all belongings of a tiny 2 room apartment are put in one room, it’s very uncomfortable. This tenant gave weeks of access for months, had her apartment gutted around her, no toilet, at all, for days and not working for months, leaks, exposed electrical… unlicensed hazardous work was done shoddy, and, again, they get to make her uncomfortable– again…
Though 3D notice asked for 3/6, the workers began 3/5 without notice, luckily it had been cleared in preparation of 3/6 and a relative was available to allow access without notice today too. They had prepared for the closet, bath, and floor, as no scope of work was defined in the access letter for tomorrow. Livestreamed some long standing issues and more…
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.
In response to our queries about the letters which asked for one day of access for windows – which were already fixed, this is what we received… there are open violations and order…this is a trap…we’ll be ready for access on the 5th.
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.
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…
The court stipulation said the landlord was supposed to send the attorney the license information and details of any work that required license. The landlord sent the first mold company (12-12) information but not this companies information. I asked the worker, the landlord started badgering me. When I looked up the company, it appears the license is for lead not mold. A mold license from Department of Labor, is required to test/inspect or remediate. This is one of the reasons the attorney put that in the stip, they use unlicensed or companies with other issues constantly. The worker shined a light at the spot they covered on December 12, you can still see the water drip bubbled under the paint on the wall, and a brown spot where the mold mushroom was. Also, the window frame was not remediated as the other mold remediator claimed it needed.
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.