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Like many New Yorkers, I live in a rent-stabilized apartment owned by a huge slumlord corporation. Like many New Yorkers, waiting for the slumlord to do even the simplest maintenance—like fixing a broken bathroom sink—takes forever. For example, a fat plumber came one Friday in early December to fix the shower, and said he'd be back on Monday to fix the sink. That was over 45 days ago, and he hasn't returned, despite repeated calls to the slumlord's office.
So that's why I was excited to hear about this new website that profiles slumlords. It's just started up, but I can imagine it will be filled with invective about all those creepy evil slumlords who fail to provide heat or repair stuff or leave scaffolding in front of the building for months at a time without doing any work. Sound familiar?
This new website also has links to some useful sites, like the New York City HPD and New York State DHCR as well as tenant.net, all filled with helpful information for you to wallow in your rent-stabilized misery.
A report by Housing Here & Now identified 12 landlords included on the HPD's "problem-owner list" as financing their properties with mortgages from New York Community Bank. Maybe it's time to visit the bank on behalf of your slumlord?
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Posted on 1/25/2006
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