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Senator Klein calls NYCHA “worst landlord in the city”

New report finds "deplorable" conditions across 49 buildings

February 13, 2015 05:40PM

NYCHA Housing development in the Bronx and State Senator Jeff Klein (inset)

NYCHA Housing development in the Bronx and State Senator Jeff Klein (inset)

State Senator Jeffrey Klein and a group of other politicians released a report this week in which they found “deplorable conditions” in multiple New York City Housing Authority buildings.

The report looks at 49 buildings in five different developments in all five boroughs, according to the New York Daily News. Among the findings were 17 stairwells without working lights, the newspaper reported. The report also found that at least seven fires started due to clogged debris in hallways.

“The New York City Housing Authority may very well be the worst landlord in the city of New York. And that’s a shame,” Klein told the newspaper. “Our public housing stock is spiraling out of control.”

Klein proposed that private developers, in return for tax breaks, would adopt projects and be in charge of repairs. Klein also said that the state should put $250 million in funding — matched by the city — into NYCHA.

“This report highlights the critical need for additional funding to maintain and preserve public housing. As a landlord, NYCHA recognizes the urgency and enormity of the problems that affect our residents’ quality of life, and the de Blasio administration has made it a priority to address this since day one,” NYCHA said in a statement, cited by the newspaper. [NYDN] — Claire Moses 

  • Char4Dew

    Have you checked their workers lately. Lazy, entitled, useless workers is what they hire.

  • Charles Dale

    When you don’t have money and can only afford to live in NYCHA buildings, this is how you are treated? It does not have to be this way at all. All of these buildings could be clean, well kept, well maintained and all hallways, apts, electrical, plumbing , etc. could be in very good condition. The fact that they are not is pathetic, a shame. How people are made to live like animals is disgusting and shows how faulty human beings can be. If everyone worked together, cared and did what they are supposed to do there would also be enough money for theses buildings. Greed, etc. is the reason for these unnecessary conditions.

    • BH

      Where would the money come from? you have to elaborate. people working together and caring does not create immediate capital for the city to invest in areas where the occupants themselves don’t even have enough sense to keep the buildings and surrounding area in shape.

      • Charles Dale

        This article is very good…

        The de Blasio administration’s plan to tackle the issue will require $8.2 billion in city capital and funds, Been said, adding that the city already invested $400 million in 2014 alone. That $400 million had also been used to leverage private investments at a ratio of 8:1, she said.

        HPD set a goal of financing 16,000 affordable units last year — a goal it exceeded by almost 1,400 units, Been, formerly the director of NYU’s Furman Center, said. “Our progress to date shows that our goals are not only ambitious, but doable,” she said. “They’re bold, not crazy.”

        De Blasio has called for the city to ramp up new construction. To act on this, Been said that the HPD is “looking high and low across the five boroughs for land on which to build. “We’re looking for land wherever it is, under every railroad track” she said. But, “we’re not just plopping down buildings,” she said. “We’re also building neighborhoods.”

        Franklin Avenue in East New York

        To that end, HPD has formed a new office, the Office of Neighborhood Strategies, which deputy HPD commissioner Daniel Hernandez said was dealing with neighborhood residents’ concerns of displacement in the face of increased density. The HPD has taken some stick for its initial forays into Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood, some residents of which see the city’s development efforts as a mechanism of gentrification. “Getting into neighborhoods, we’re not great at,” Hernandez acknowledged. “But we’re great about getting the word out.”

        – See more at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2015/02/18/nyc-in-danger-of-becoming-a-gated-community/#sthash.xNZO3GgG.dpuf

  • realtyreality

    wow, these properties can’t be properly maintained on artificially low rental streams? There isn’t enough money for repairs when tenants pay a fraction of market rents? SHOCKING! I wonder if the next “big discovery” will be that regulated properties can’t be safely maintained by 1.0% rent increases in an environment where costs are rising 4-5% per year. Can we please send deblasio and his democratic cohorts who don’t understand basic economics to NYU’s Shack program?

  • BH

    what do you expect to happen to property where people pay literally No rent in many instances. have you seen the condition of the PEOPLE who often occupy these units? i’m not talking about older and often incapacitated tenants who need to live somewhere like NYCHA for income purposes. when i ride by the Queensbridge complex on the N/Q train I see a parking lot full of relatively new cars…..how can people paying $400 / month for rent living in a NYCHA project afford to own a car? At least, it shouldn’t happen, but it does.

  • susan

    The buildings in NYCHA are in a bad state because tenants of NYCHA do not appreciate their homes when they pay $100-200 a month in rent. The tenants are the ones peeing in the elevators. The tenants are the ones throwing dog feces and dirty childrens’ diapers out the window, littering the streets below. The tenants are the ones causing damage to their apartments (sometimes in the thousands of dollars). There is no way that a landlord can maintain a large development if only 4 out of every 5 tenants pays their rent. A landlord cannot pursue a tenant for rent when that tenant can be verbally abusive (and possibly have a history of mental illness). I challenge any critic of NYCHA to work 1 month within the Authority and then you’ll understand what obstacles you’re up against.

    • Stewart

      I couldn’t agree more with you have stated. I live in a not so bad one, but the tenants discuss me. The pee in the elevator or the stairwell is disturbing to say the least. I fo my part as a tenant to help maintain the cleanliness by cleaning the floor I live on or the elector at times. we have s very good janitor that cleans twice a day and I thank God for sending him the young one before was very lazy.

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