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.
Access in 1D: The landlord has us believe the Attorney General requested access. Later, we learned it was the landlord’s engineer, so he can switch out the false report of his engineer in the condo plan. Work was done here earlier and I let the engineer company in. They took photos I showed them and photographed 1D bathroom and living room floor – and photographed issues. See next post for their extremely disturbing comments.
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 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.
…” 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
DOB, New Contractor, 1c, unidentified men and police.
This afternoon, around 3:30pm, someone was in 1C. We learned the super had opened the door for a lady who claimed to be the new contractor/architect – however, it is not the company listed on the DOB permit. She clearly says the company is IPrime, and her name, Adriana. She claimed she will do construction safely and does inspections all of the time as she misrepresented the scope of the permits. However, she is already disregarding safety. (see below Adriana sent unlicensed, unprofessional workers after 5pm to “cover-up this for me” “cover one floor”)
I left a message on the machine of Inspector S.R. to provide him that information and the new company name and Adriana’s phone number, as she now claims she is the only person with the key. Later, we found out that is also not true, the super had the key too-.
The actual condition of 1C hasn’t changed, though when police opened the door, one could see more of the tenant upstairs plumbing!This is today, June 1, 2018 after Adriana was here and claimed to see a ceiling —
LATER IN THE DAY – AFTER 5pm:
Three guys came into the building around 5pm and sneak in 1C. We could hear them inside, and asked who was in there. They locked the door and wouldn’t answer who they were. I tried to call Adriana, to see if they were workers, supposed to be here, if they worked for her or were squatters — people used to sleep in there and under the steps, no security in building. Her mailbox was full.
A group of scared tenants kept asking who they were. They refused to answer the question, or say why they were here, and said to call the police, so tenants did (not me). The police came and then we could all hear loud banging in 1c, then realized it was work going on. The guys wouldn’t open the door for police either. Finally, the police got in and called/spoke to Adriana, who was not very cooperative with them, “you’re making this more difficult than it has to be…”
Later they told tenants, “…they’re doing things under the radar… doesn’t have permits…She didn’t want to provide” information …”
One guy who we learned was a worker, claimed to work for Adriana and the other two guys work for him. He also admitted, “…they told me, ‘oh you gotta go and cover this for me please.'”
The police, not DOB, also told the men to call Adriana and make her put up signs so tenants know what is going on. All could have been prevented if they had simply said who they were or that they were here to work. (It would help if the owners didn’t hire “workers” who sneak in after hours, aren’t afraid to give their names and say what they are doing /who they are there for, and open the door for police…while inside a residential building.)
The Police got stuck inside the apartment, claimed the latch / lock sticks, another hazard . The “workers” gave the key back to the SUPER when they left.
Until they finish covering up what they need to hide from inspection, it’s obviously back to the usual construction tactics here, nighttime, weekend work, dust clouds, noise, dangerous construction done by unlicensed, who knows if they’re qualified, workers — tenant harassment with lack of enforcement…
We wonder if DOB had the “big meeting” of all department heads to discuss #1C. Between the new electrical permits for the gutted apartments, then the Engineer yesterday and Adriana and the evening workers today, they seem in a rush to cover something all of a sudden. The apartment has been warehoused since May 2017 and Department of Buildings has been avoided access since at least October 2017.
Video: June 1, 2018 compilation of events…after many, who are you? what are you doing here?’ …the man inside the apartment told tenants to call the police …
Homeless people were sleeping in there. So, a tenant did, the man admitted he is a worker and the other two men work for him, and said, Adriana sent me here to “cover something (one floor)”, to Police, “she’s trying to do it under the radar…”
Adriana’s “worker” – the other two worked for him
I see steel, no floor, no ceiling, exposed wiring…
Would be hard to deny condition now…
-took a while before they would open the door…
The Engineer who put false sworn building condition report in the sworn condo plan came to the building sought me out today. Another tenant and I spoke to him and he admitted his reports are not true nor accurate and that the building needs gut rehab.