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Tenants at 53 Broadway stage rent strike

72-unit Williamsburg rental property accused of several maintenance issues

July 01, 2014 04:00PM

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53 Broadway

UPDATED, July 2, 11:20 a.m.: The tenants of Broadway Brooklyn Acquisition LLCs 72-unit rental building at 53 Broadway in Williamsburg began a rent strike today.

About half of the tenants have decided to stop paying their rent, pointing to the lack of the 24-hour doorman they were allegedly promised, parking lot issues and very high electric bills, they said.

The tenants told Brownstoner they informed the management company, Metro Management, about the forthcoming strike, but said they did not respond to requests to fix the problems. The building’s superintendent agreed to help with negotiations for tenants seeking to break their lease, according to the blog. The developer did not comment to Brownstoner.

Adam America and the Horizon Group bought it in 2012 from developer Kaish & Taub and developed it as rentals instead of condominiums. Broadway Brooklyn Acquisition LLC then bought the site from Adam America in January, records show. The property was fully leased five months after the start of move-ins. [Brownstoner]Mark Maurer

  • TRUTH BE TOLD

    Instead of hiring an attorney or going about this a legal way, the tenants break the law and resort to the “Give me, I deserve” Obama way. I say kick them out of the building, sue them for damages, and lease to new tenants.

  • D Zapata

    The acts of an unscrupulous New York landlord sometimes reaches a point of being so egregious that extraordinary measures are called for. Fortunately, here the tenants who are being victimized by outrageous conditions and treatment will pack legal power. Thanks to Mayor De Blasio”s calls for no rent increases and a Rent Freeze before a crucial Rent Guidelines Board vote last week and the Mayors vision that there should be a distribution of wealth in New York City, tenant’s at 53 Broadway are being encouraged to go on a rent strike. The majority of the tenants are Spanish hard working folks who deserve better conditions and terms.

    • Steven Pillsbur

      “”The acts of an unscrupulous New York landlord sometimes reaches a point
      of being so egregious that extraordinary measures are called for””
      “”lack of the 24-hour doorman they were allegedly promised, parking lot issues and very high electric bills””

      LOL!!!!!

    • Truth be told part II

      D Zapata, you belong in a different country than America, like a socialist one. There is a legal system the tenants could use. It’s the basis for America… But people like you are making America a bad place. Sorry these hardworking guys didn’t get the 24/7 doorman. Poor babies. If you want nicer in America, you work for it. Working harder and working smarter are different things.

  • joe

    what a shame , there should be a remedy a landlord can immediately take in case of a rent strike,

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