The Real Deal New York

Tenants at LeFrak-owned building mull suits over repairs, heat

January 20, 2014 01:20PM

Tenants of Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City are weighing the possibilities of a lawsuit or rent strike over the lack of repairs, including several broken heating units and windows. The six-building rental complex is owned by the LeFrak Organization.

LeFrak vowed to make heating repairs in the building, located at 345-395 South End Avenue, by last month. But the landlord has yet to install new windows and make insulation repairs for most of the total 3,500 units. Glenn Plaskin, president of the Gateway tenants’ association, said he is in talks to file a lawsuit against the landlord for allegedly violating a city Rent Guidelines Board rule that requires a “livable, safe and sanitary apartment,” be maintained for tenants.

Tenants at the complex filed a lawsuit in 2012 over a ban on certain dog breeds and a pet-ownership fee. Later that year, the Gateway removed almost every restriction on dogs at the complex. [Curbed]Mark Maurer