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.
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.
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.
The kitchen/living area wood floor in 1D remains very unlevel. The landlords have gutted and replaced but made the issue worse -twice- They have consistently misrepresented information about the repair to DHCR, and falsely claimed I didn’t provide access –all, in order to interfere with use of my apartment (and my health). Though they were ordered to both by DHCR and HP Action Court, they now claim they do not have to, and they will not repair the floor. This post exposes the truth.
Unlevel floor was originally an HPD violation in 2012, then found by HPD inspector in September. The condition is part of tenant HP Action for Repairs (joined November 2018), and promised to be corrected as part of that action. The floor repair was also written as new HPD violation 12/5/18.
The Unlevel floor was also part of a DHCR individual rent reduction granted in 2016, falsely certified leveled in Owner’s Application to Restore Rent dated April 2018, found unlevel/granted in Non-Compliant case 2018, with settlement providing 60 days to cure dated December 18, 2018. It was also found to be unlevel by the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force and new dockets opened by those inspectors 12/2018.
On January 4, 2019 the owners again falsely certified conditions corrected in the original order to DHCR. On January 8 to DHCR they falsely claimed the work was not part of the HP action and admitted it (and other work) was not done/the January 4 application was not valid.
The also lied regarding access, they abuse access to interfere with apartment use and harm a disabled tenant.
They had weeks and made the condition worse in 2016:
And again February through March 2018, they made it less level:
More details in chronological order below. also view 2-7-19, 2-19-19, 3-5-19
Numerous 1D Floor Repair Dates…read the short timeline… and long timeline with exhibits below (rough draft…more coming soon)
Repairs were to be conducted in 1B on March 5th, 2019, date agreed upon for access between tenant/landlord. The landlord refused to tell the tenant what needed to be cleared even though the tenant had asked the landlord directly on numerous occasions and several forms of communications. These actions by the landlord went against the court ordered stip., which were supposed to let the tenant know the scope of work, company performing the work; letting them know for five day window of verification.
Work was performed in the hall closet. It was painted and vinyl tiles were placed. The closet flooring had been stripped in August 2018 by the landlord and left un-repaired.
While work was being performed in the apartment, the landlord, entered, checked the stove from his notes, remarked to the worker that it was functional then left — all these actions were in the presence of the tenants of 1B. The landlord later claimed, mislead and harassed, the tenant on March 8th, 2019, that he could not gain access to the apartment in an email.
Note, the stove in apartment 1B was not functioning properly, or at all, for nearly a year, which the LL was aware of and noted by a stand-in property manager that it was non-functional on 12-7-2019. The stove was repaired on 12-10-2018, court ordered.
“… Since HPD definitively stated the floors should be redone …”–Adan Soltren, Legal Aid; 11/26/18
The Landlord, “contractor”, and worker were in the building to meet the HPD /HP Action Court inspector. See below for video in 1D and next post. This day was a long one…
The floor repair in my apartment was still an issue, as the landlord still hadn’t brought the wood in to acclimate to the room it will be installed in per the contractor and Home Depot terms. (see their websites). He preferred to make false claims to DHCR regarding the floor. The truth is, the repair was originally scheduled for January, then February 11th, had to be rescheduled because the wood wasn’t acclimated per HD terms (see 2-7-19), until the 20th. The last time the contractor called to confirm the repair, they said they can not do the work if the wood isn’t acclimated to the room for 3 days. They would still not bring the wood in this morning. They would later but it would have to be rescheduled again…
It would interfere with use of my apartment, health and time, when the landlord had misinformed DHCR 1-8-19, that the floors were not part of the HP Action, or scheduled January 9-11 (they were). Below, he admits he misinformed DHCR when he insists the repair goes through the HP Action attorney (Update see 2-27-19 when he admits it’s part of that action):
First, following the inspector, the landlord’s “contractor” came to our apartments to look at all areas. In 1D. I explained the flooring needed to be acclimated to the room, etc, and since it was not yet in my apartment…I rescheduled floor with her (video coming soon) and she had the worker bring the flooring in to my apartment. (the date was off on the camera this is 2-19-19) see about 1:26 on tape
Later, the landlord told me I should not be speaking to his contractor or scheduling anything through her. He continued to tell me to speak to the HP Action attorney regarding the floor.
Home Depot’s contractor would not come unless the wood was acclimated, the repair had to be rescheduled again for the 27th.
There re many more videos of this day and the landlord saying the floors are part of the HP Action and to contact that attorney to reschedule.
Update: see LIVE streamed video of floors 3-5-18.-+
The Landlord, “contractor”, and worker were in the building to meet the HPD /HP Action Court inspector. They followed him through the building. The inspector told the landlord what to fix and the worker did the work right there, no notice of work to tenants. The inspector commented on conditions. (Update: with work not done, the majority of violations were removed). In the video I am waiting to discuss my floors, you can see the hall condition, they do work, and hear the landlord lie about access about 3:30 on tape. They continue to falsely claim we don’t provide it! As tenant advocate, I reiterate that the attorney should be made aware of this.
for more also see previous post 1D floor and more coming soon…
2D has provided an unbelievable amount of access and still has issues. The tenant had told the attorney she only had an hour for the inspection. Other tenants had to stay with their own apartments. Here they want to do last minute work… https://youtu.be/TJV4F7rZOqI
Tenants filed an HP Action for repairs and harassment July 2018. Since, the situation has worsened, landlords have abused access, caused hazards, and repeated the same repairs … all while falsely crying no access.
They told DHCR we are in contempt and that we called 311 -when we didn’t. They actually can not lawfully deny that right, but we didn’t all. They are in contempt ….
See the previous post regarding the late start and landlord false claims. Landlord finally arrives for repair work after he refused to share the list/scope of work. I told him what the plumber told me about the leak above the tub in the bathroom. I texted him pictures when I had the drip. The mold people here on December 12, never opened the ceiling, or scraped –just painted over it. The plumber never fixed this particular leak/found the source. The mold guy today just shone a light on it.
Here he blames the oven scraping the wall on tenant’s cooking;
They just spent a day here putting mold paint on the stain. They tell me they are going to scrape and paint it again today. The leak stain/ mold has come back many times.
They still didn’t finish and would have to come back….
the 2nd video shows the issues they left. The light switches work in reverse, exhaust fan loose, kitchen unpainted, door doesn’t stay shut/wrong handle…and more watch