Former Dawnay Day tenants launch suit to remove property manager, protest potential new landlord

TRD New York /
Mar.March 22, 2010 01:31 PM

A group of East Harlem tenants from 47 allegedly poorly maintained buildings previously owned by failed British investment firm Dawnay Day protested yesterday outside the offices of EH Property Management, which has been overseeing the properties since they went into foreclosure in August. The tenants, along with their attorneys from the Urban Justice Center, also launched a lawsuit to remove EH from its management role, charging that the company has harassed them and charged false fees, all while refusing to make needed repairs and ignoring hundreds of emergency violations in the buildings. Because the buildings are in foreclosure, tenants in the 1,100 apartments cannot demand repairs in housing court, but must go through the management company chosen by the court receiver. Hope Community, the landlord reportedly angling to purchase the distressed portfolio, also has a history of neglecting properties and forcing out low-income tenants, the protesters alleged as they moved from the EH headquarters to those of Hope Community yesterday, in a campaign to block the company’s takeover. Hope Community was not immediately available for comment. EH is run by Michael Kessner, the son of the buildings’ former owner, Steven Kessner — one of the Village Voice’s 10 worst city landlords in 2006. Kessner was hired by Dawnay Day before the company folded. TRD

Related Articles

(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Zaha Hadid and One Thousand Museum (Credit: Getty Images)

PHOTOS: Inside Zaha Hadid’s Miami tower

A street view and rendering of 251 West 14th Street (Credit: Google Maps, Pizzarotti)

Lawsuits, liens pile up for developer of stalled Chelsea project

Jim Whelan of REBNY

Jim Whelan talks “playing defense”

REBNY's Jim Whelan (standing) and trade group lawyers

REBNY vs. StreetEasy: The fight for listings in Gotham

157 West 57th Street (Credit: iStock)

One57 condo with reduced ask tops a slow week of luxury contracts