The landlords allege they just want to create better apartments — not just for people who may want to purchase — but for tenants. Which, as this blog proves, is not true: They’ve had opportunity, but instead gutted our apartments around us -repeat shoddy repairs, take an abusive amount of time, left or created new conditions… We do not want to relocate, we just want the few repairs, and peace!
Below: At the informal DHCR event January 8, 2019 the landlords (who are attorneys), and their attorneys claim the 2016 offering plan will definitely be approved and the AG had no objections. They said that the Attorney General is not colluding with them, but did come to the building. They then presented a temporary relocation agreement (below) as “from” the AG. They offered it to us immediately and with a deadline from the Attorney General.
The Attorney General (REFB) has claimed it was reviewed as part of the offering plan, but not “from” the Bureau. Originally, when queried, the AG claimed it was enforceable under the Martin Act and made no implication that it wasn’t a current offer. In the last emails, the Bureau Chief said it is not their offer, nor is it enforceable until the offering is approved. (see conversations with AG). It should be noted the agreement may waive rights.
In contradiction, two other attorneys have also claimed the Agreement is from or collaborated on the Attorney General (available)
The landlords claimed they made us a relocation offer before. We have been asked to vacate, never before to relocate. In fact, they denied 1B a hotel when their apartment was being gutted around them. We do not want to relocate. We want to stay in our apartments and achieve peace and quiet enjoyment of them.
(Also note, there are also no apartments ready on the ground floor where a senior tenant and disabled tenants could relocate to. (see #1C)
After allowing access to 1D, later, in the second video, the property manager and his buddies Alnour Engineering made fun of my showing them conditions, calling DOB and made inappropriate very disturbing sexual comments about me with the property manager.
They knew I was taping…the property manager is “glad” I tape everything.
After notifying the — and attorney regarding the cameras in hallways on every floor, but not outside where they would be for securit, the company came back and put cameras outside too.
The attorney told us at the meeting that they felt we were harassed and the AAGs though the repairs were shoddy. He wrote us this two days after the AG’s visit…
“…Separately I had a conversation with the AG’s office. I reiterated that I do not represent you all in [sic] the conversion. Ryan from the AG’s office said though, that he met with several of you and that he was appalled by the terrible quality of the work being done, and that the AG’s office is trying to ensure that we get the repairs done properly, and completely. I can give you additional specifics, and talk to you about a potential offer from JW regarding repairs, that was communicated by the AG’s office.”
He also admits the AG had something to do with the relocation agreement (which they now claim they had nothing to do with and is not enforceable until after conversion). We’ve had our apartments gutted around us all year, they don’t need us to relocate to do the work, they don’t want to make better apartments for us as they claim…need to get us out.
video of the holes n brick outside of the building. The AG saw this and there is actually a hole down there I didn’t capture in this video.
…” In connection with the offering plan for the building, the AG’s office is requesting access to apts 1A, 1B 1D and 2d on Monday, October 15, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.”…
The AG & landlord requested access through tenant’s attorney – here. (Note, today was also Housing Court, so the landlord and crew had to be in the neighborhood.) Tenant’s received a copy of that written notice for access days after the visit, and were originally misled into access for the Attorney General Department of Law Real Estate finance Bureau “inspection” – on video below.
The AG did not come here for enforcement, but came here to “ensure accuracy” – in an already sworn to be accurate plan. Two AAGs and the Chief AG Architect came to advise the sponsor/landlord, contractor, worker, property manager and others what needed to be fixed in the building for conversion. [They are aware the initial plan and building condition report was inaccurate (engineer admitted false)]
After the visit one of the AAGs informed tenant’s attorney he felt we are harassed and commented on the shoddy repairs. They still push forward the plan that requires our displacement. We are told the AG REFB collaborated on an agreement to allegedly, “temporarily” displace us.
The visit is in several tapes.
Video 1: No audio – they arrive and meet the owner/sponsor, property manager, “contractor”, and worker walk around…
Video 2: the full visit -In 1D, they are questioned about the inaccuracies and false sworn statements… There are better quality tapes of the visit
Video 3: just one apartment, better quality video, here I question the AG allowing false sworn statements
Video 4: the AAGs and Chief AG Architect advising sponsor & all in backyard
Video 5: they mock enforcement– property manager sneaks workers upstairs to the apartments with revoked permits while the AGs are in 1C!
More of apartment inspections are available
AAGs & Landlord assess back of building/backyardhttps://youtu.be/Zq8hxrLtTSs
October 15, is a day the landlord had to travel to Harlem – to be in court for our HP Action.
Tenants’ attorney wrote back to the AG that we have been providing non-stop access and wanted to know what the visit would entail:
Sprucing up the building for the Attorney General visit… here they are blocking egress as they adjust the chains on the lights to make the ceiling appear level! They also put in brighter bulbs. In the second video, as they are blocking egress, the property manager denies blocking egress.