A tenant living in a rent-controlled apartment in a building connected to Joseph Chetrit’s Hotel Chelsea is accusing the developer of neglecting to make essential repairs so that she’ll move, DNAinfo reported.
Tina Rossner lives in the eight-unit building at 229 West 22nd Street, a brownstone known as the “Townhouse” that was part of Chetrit’s 2011 deal to buy the landmarked hotel. Rossner pays $331.81 a month for her 500-square-foot apartment.
In an interview with DNAinfo, Rossner accused Chetrit of turning her longtime home into a “trash pit.” She is now gathering evidence for possible legal action, she added.
The Chetrit Group did not respond to DNAinfo’s requests for comment.
In several visits to the property , city housing officials found 22 violations. Most of these violations were in Rossner’s apartment, housing records seen by DNAinfo show, including citations for mold, broken heating, ceiling collapses and vermin.