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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

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