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!
The longstanding issue of the skylight leaking down to the first floor under the stairs is still an issue. It has been a constant issue of complaint from tenants to the landlord and property managers. It hurts the security and safety of tenants, leading to slip hazards on the stairs/landing and has also caused a foul odor and breeding ground for mosquitoes when it rains in the summer; and harassment.
The leaking skylight has been a consnat
The landlord’s attorney sent a motion to tenants attorney asking to adjourn case. The date the motion was allegedly to be heard was today, 4-11. So, several of us took time and health and went to court. They didn’t show. The motion was not even filed or on the calendar. This is harassment.
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.
At the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 the building door rarely worked/was open, strangers were found sleeping under the steps and men, workers were staying in the open gutted hazardous apartment 1C. (Tenants electric bill skyrocketed.) Police were not called then, but in effort to disparage tenants, the landlord told DHCR otherwise.
In the first video, the property manager claims he had no idea anyone was staying in the gutted apartment, they don’t work for him, it’s trespassing. He tells tenants to call the cops if anyone is in there.
In the second, January 2019, they falsely claim to DHCR that tenants harass workers, call the cops all of the time, and at the same time admitted they let workers stay in the hazardous apartment.
The mortgage for this (and many other) Coltown Buildings is held by New York Community Bank (NYCB). It is a lenders duty to ensure the value of the loan is valid. Property records and rent rolls should be part of this process. Funding rent stabilized/regulated buildings, well over rent over income/value is known as predatory equity.
For this building, the mortgage states conversion to condominium is forbidden, then by rider NYCB allows it – only after receipt and review of the offering plan – which is a separate act from its mortgage. The initial offering plan for this building is not only admitted false, but contains blatantly false statements regarding facts in their own property records and rent rolls, i.e. the plan states no SCRIE tenants when there are SCRIE tenants – public records, the DOF property tax notice of value and tax bills show that fact. The bank, which mortgage claims receipt and review of the plan before approving conversion, could not have viewed the building or its records without knowing the initial plan is false.
Worse, the SWORN offering plan it allegedly reviewed for approval -after signing its mortgage- contains many pages ADMITTING the bank funded FOR conversion. This makes its own mortgage suspect and points to predatory equity.
Also see November 9 post where an inspector for the bank only looks at new apartments and believes the property manager is doing a good job making tenants uncomfortable.
A certificate of correction has been filed to DOB/ECB for the violation/summons for missing brick in side wall.
Below is LIVE video today, showing it is not actually corrected.
Wow. The permit said no concrete work, no demolition.
There are kindergarten, schools, churches on this block. They put up no netting or anything to protect passerbys, and tenants air conditioners were ruined with falling cement. This is the result – it does not look safe or water proof.
The leaking roof/skylight is still an issue. March 21,2019, is the latest date with rain causing water to pool on the 1st floor, rear of the building, under the alcove. It is a longstanding issue the landlords are aware of. It is a safety hazard for tenants, especially the seniors within the building.
By Court stipulation the property manager is no longer supposed to be overseeing work here. They had promised to get a new property manager. Today, a tenant sent me a message that he is in the building.