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 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)
While the owners claim they want to make the building and apartments beautiful for tenants and potential purchasers, the truth is that they had years of notice to make repairs, including to the common areas. Tenants filed a DHCR Reduction of Building-Wide services complaint at the end of 2017 and the owners were served a copy. Then, they had about 6 months with the original DHCR tenant’s complaint to correct those conditions before an inspector came to the building on May 31, 2018. As they did not make the repairs to the building, issues were still found, awarding tenants a building-wide rent reduction order August, 2018 retroactive to January 2018.
In DHCR answer at the end of 2018 and, in January 2019 at an informal meeting with DHCR, the owners falsely claimed that they were prevented from doing repairs in the common areas due to a Stop Work Order. The SWO served on the owner, were for one apartment, it did not prohibit work anywhere else in the building.
In January, the owners filed an Application to Restore rent. Their own photos with the application to DHCR show the work is not done.
i.e. this is a photo from their own exhibits of the vestibule. They claim they re-tiled, it is clear from their own photo they did not…
The landlord was in the building, not for the floor repair but to wait for the DHCR inspector. See next post re: floor and access letters. Tenants also received repair access notices via certified mail from yet another attorney of the landlords today. 1D and 1B letters asked for access for March 5 to repair windows which was already repaired. 1D asked for access to rooms that don’t exist in the apartment. We were asking the landlord what to do about that when DHCR showed up…the inspector wouldn’t answer a simple question, but they chummed thru the building, then down the block after his brief inspection. He did touch the dirt on sides in hallway, but did not look at the common area, broken plaster, crack…. watch to the end of the second video to see them stroll down the block. We also live streamed building condition…
“… 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 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)
The landlord said he’d use a professional company like Home Depot or Lowes to appease in court/DHCR. Here the worker says their company is doing all of the floors. In another video another worker said the landlord ordered flooring for the entire building.
This afternoon, a gang of inspectors from all agencies came into the building. The landlords/property manager are monitoring us with the video cameras . JR – who was ordered in court by stip to not interact with tenants or oversee work, came running in to the building – and oversaw work on the roof, the DOB inspector said needed to be done immediately.
The inspector also admitted that when they pulled up, a bunch of workers went running out of the building and down the block! Probably unlicensed as usual. The group of inspectors went through a few apartments of tenants who were home. DHCR inspector wrote up some paperwork in apartments and had tenants’ sign. When they left, there was a summons from FDNY on the door. See here for more.
UPDATE: the task force, DOB inspectors wrote 11 summons/violations showing that the tenants safety and lives were put in danger again (no fire stopping, exposed electric, ungrounded electrical, work without permit…, the HPD inspector wrote 50 violations many for common areas, basement, the DHCR inspector had whichever tenants were home sign forms and later opened individual apartment decreased services dockets]