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Landlords: Mayor de Blasio ignoring our problems

Smaller property owners say building maintenance costs through the roof

November 06, 2014 09:04AM

From left: brownstones in New York and Bill de Blasio

From left: brownstones in New York and Bill de Blasio

The landlords of New York have a bone to pick with the mayor.

Tenant advocates are fairly happy with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been pushing for stricter rent regulation laws, according to the New York Times. Landlords, on the other hand, told the newspaper that the mayor is not paying adequate attention to their struggles.

Landlords — especially those who own smaller buildings — told the newspaper that they are having difficulties maintaining their properties. The reason? A rise in property taxes, fuel costs and other expenses. At the same time, the Rent Guidelines Board in June voted for a 1 percent rent increase for one-year leases and 2.75 percent for two-year leases, the lowest increase in multiple decades.

“Politically, I’ve never seen a climate more dangerous than I’m facing now,” Jimmy Silber, co-president of landlord advocacy group Small Property Owners of New York, told the newspaper.

New York’s rent laws are up for renewal in the state senate, where Republicans won control on Tuesday night. [NYT] — Claire Moses 

  • Tim

    Does this surprise anyone? Glad this nitwit did not get his way with the state senate!

  • DanDan

    At least DeBlasio is a guaranteed one-termer. We’ll be rid of him in three years.

    • noclist

      Hopefully people will go out and vote next time.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      I don’t see why he can’t turn things around. He’s not rich like Mayor Bloomberg and he has the trust of marginalized communities. All he has to do is make it easier for everyone to make less but also lose less and to not let the undeserving eat for free by feigning poor or using services they shouldn’t.

      We need an end to succession rights. My tenants don’t deserve to have heirs inherit their $200 apartments.

      • Marc

        The city government is communist. Free markets don’t matter.

        • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

          Calling names like those Kyle Smith articles only serve to cloud the issue with abusive non threats. There is a clear case of discrimination against private property owners not only versus the same conduct being overlooked or deemed acceptable by both government and press but also in government owned property vs privately owned property.

          Discrimination is still illegal in this country, right?

          • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

            not to say I don’t agree with some of Kyle Smith’s highly articulate rants – but they don’t offer solutions which is the first rule of complaining.

            We really need to have the rent regulated units in every building identified in a public database so that landlords are not falsely accused of approving tenants profiteering and overcharging either sublets. roommates or airbnb and We MUST have the rent regulated recipients determined to be justified as deserving the rent regulation. It’s really disgusting that tenants can spook landlords or worse – do really bad things to landlords using third parties and still keep their tenancies.

            It’s not right.

        • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

          Freedom cost ah Buck oh Five.

          If Mayor De Blasio was plainspoken and cut through all the crap and was just FAIR, he’d make so much money in speaking events that he wouldn’t even want a second term (but he’d get a second term – because the REST of NYC who are not the one million rent regulated CRAVE a pivot from the overbilling of the Bloomberg Administration to a real grassroots change for the better and it does not happen if no one not even the beneficiaries believes that this government is about fair play.

          http://nypost.com/2014/11/10/osama-bin-laden-died-like-a-pussy/

          I highly suspect the Mayor’s true face is this way because he has come out with some really shrewd comments in the past that don’t get as much press coverage as the Noerdlinger stuff.

  • LakeDrive

    DeBlasio doesn’t care about anyone with a job or successful

  • If landlords are having a problem, they could sell their property.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      tenant advocacy groups who purchase buildings for one dollar don’t have to give up their property – the city just wipes their fines, taxes, etc. I want that same deal – we deserve it even more than the nonprofit groups that pay themselves sweet salaries – we work out of pocket and have bad tenants besides.

      • Nobody is forcing you to invest in real estate or work as a landlord. If its so tough, find a different line of work.

        • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

          This whole thing is a set up to freak out small owners financially so their buildings can be taken for cheap and then Rosario Dawson and her family, ABC NO RIO, the tenants who purchase their apartments through some finagled deal and the like can turn around a few years later and sell or develop for top dollar with no emotional abuse about being “greedy” when Rosario Dawson’s family doesn’t even FIX their building, none of these artists who get their full floor lofts thanks to tenant lawyers did anything to deserve their windfall – it’s not a meritocracy, it’s corrupt purchasing of voter support by enriching specific voter blocs.

          You suck on cold raw chicken feet for a year while the head cook raps you on the head and then you tell me if you’re willing to let go of the only thing you have left to show for your honest efforts.

          • Again, nobody forced you to invest in real estate.

          • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

            that doesn’t mean I am some whore that has no rights and can be fed on continuously by new generations of vampires

            I’m a property owner JUST LIKE New York City and I am due humane laws. I deserve my RIGHTS.

            There is clear discrimination going on – it’s basically an iron clad case but if the courts are corrupt, then we have a big problem and I doubt Preet Bharara would be interested in going up against TENANTS – but there should be an investigation into who some of these tenants are. Maybe the larger owners are okay with it but given the hard work they put in to creating neighborhoods where none existed – chelsea, meat market, tribeca – those places were NOTHING before, I would think that they would want a limit to the use of agit prop to get one’s way as seems to be the case in NYC in recent decades.

            I still remember riding past the prostititutes outside the iglesia on Delancey and Allen – ah the good old days! before those nasty developers changed everything.

        • Marc

          Communism is not the American way. Are you one?

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    I have a lot of documentation and am willing to submit them to private scrutiny – I don’t just mean financial records and receipts. I am DOCUMENTATION diligently taken. I understand that government doesn’t want to invade the privacy of tenants no matter how criminal even though publicizing landlords by name and residential address and hearsay statements by anonymous detractors reported by press as fact is perfectly okay.

    I have the other side of the coin and I am willing to offer it for examination.

    That or DOI should be allowed to hunt down improper Airbnb-ers and tenants who shouldn’t enjoy rent regulation:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/contraband-rikers-undercover-investigator-rep-article-1.2001301

  • ralphpetrillo

    Not a big surprise, he won the election, hard to please everyone. NYC is booming, stop complaining.

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    I do look at articles about bad landlords and think “we didn’t do that.” I can bring those articles and compare it to our documented behavior to show that we don’t deserve to be painted by the same brush across the board.

    Whatever current government representatives may have HEARD or personally experienced may not be the situation with every slumlord and not every slumlord documents as diligently as if their reputation was tied to their longevity but we do.

    http://nypost.com/2014/10/29/failed-politician-noah-gotbaum-trashed-uws-townhouse-suit/

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-paying-225k-blaz-aide-police-attack-article-1.2000989

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      also one of my tenants told another landlord in a roomful of other people that my mother committed arson (on her husband’s birthday) to collect insurance money and kick out old tenants – and the Chinese newspaper used that tenant’s surname in a brief mention that tenants had returned to a Mott Street building so maybe badmouthing by tenant advocates is why our taxes are higher than everyone else’s on the block

      but no matter how ardent the lying by our detractors, we didn’t do it and our documentation indicates that – there is no excuse to turn blind eyes and deaf ears to clear bullying.

      that landlord as a total stranger told me what that tenant said about my mother knowing that my handycam was recording!

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    look, the government is allowed to ask for money back when it feels it was inappropriately gifted:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-adult-home-residents-asked-repay-fema-aid-article-1.2004893

    We found out that the tenant of record PURCHASED a home in Flushing (now upgraded to a corner house) AND was getting Red Cross hotel housing – AND that he was consistently requesting the costly use of a translator even though he kept slipping up and demonstrating that he was pretty fluent “Obviously”

    so if we can’t bust him because they lie (let’s do an article about how the tenant’s word or their neighbor’s supporting testimony – e.g. sushi defense – is accepted as face value in Housing Court ) – then can’t government still demand for reimbursement – should someone really take up a Red Cross hotel room if property records show they purchased a home in Flushing?

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    Are “greedy slumlords” about to be blamed for the lack of affordable housing for illegal immigrants too? If we’re busing them in, is it fair to blame landlords?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/merryl-tisch-immigrant-kids-squeezing-budgets-article-1.2003408

    I always feel that everything gets misdirected onto the most landlocked NYer – unlike store tenants who can just hide behind corporations, incorporated property owners are hostages because they can’t just pick up sticks.

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    I am going to lose my market rate tenants if rent regulated tenants sabotage the building with collyer brother situations which make it harder to gain access and attract roach egg nests, intentional flooding and god knows what – a tenant was found to have opened up his walls and placed 20 pounds of rotting meat and fish flesh and then repaired the drywall in Brooklyn and look what they are doing in Canton:

    http://www.enews163.com/2014/11/16/guangzhou-release-one-thousand-five-mice-were-rounded-up-the-villagers-called-to-do-good-atonement-97292.html

    It could totally happen and there would be NOTHING that I could do about if the government continues to overempower rent regulated tenants.

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