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Public advocate calls out 2014’s worst landlords

Greatest concentration of buildings with bad landlords focused in The Bronx, northern Manhattan
October 08, 2014 02:55PM

Let the annual bad landlord shaming begin.

Public Advocate Letitia James has released this year’s database of New York City’s worst landlords. The list this year calls out nearly 100 property owners and includes about 6,700 buildings.

The greatest concentration of buildings with bad landlords is focused in the Bronx and northern Manhattan. Brooklyn came in second, with most problem buildings located east of Prospect Park in neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and East New York.

Mayor Bill de Blasio inaugurated the list four years ago when he held the office of public advocate. The office uses data from the Department and Housing Preservation and Development, as well as complaints from constituents and other sources, to compile the list.

Topping the list this year is Bronx landlord 3525 Decatur Avenue LLC with 3,352 violations in 13 buildings totaling 7,780 units.

At least as far back as 2009, residents at 3525 Decatur have been organizing against the LLC’s head officer Robin Shimoff and her father Jacob Selechnik, as the Norwood News previously reported. Ceilings were crumbling and bed begs had infested the building at the time, according to the local newspaper. The building has been slapped with 22 violations since August 2013.

Landlords engaging in bad behavior are finding it tough to hide these days. One week ago, Mayor de Blasio signed into law a bill that requires the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to make public a list of landlords found in Housing Court to have harassed tenants. — Tom DiChristopher

  • John Chiti

    I’m surprised I’m not on there!

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      Just wait. I have open violations that were fixed but they weren’t wiped and one of my LOVELY if not the LOVELIEST tenant in my building removed a bedroom to facilitate her ballroom dancing (to Marc Anthony on Repeat 1) and we have to restore it before we can ask for an inspection.

      But she doesn’t want the bedroom restored and the last time we caught her wrongdoing i.e. pouring hot water like a waterfall in the public areas in the early morning (handycam!), she retaliated by leaving multiple screaming messages in the middle of the night on our answering machine tape.

  • trex

    When can we start the list of Useless Politicians ? Tell me why we need a “Public Advocate” ? Call me naive, but I thought that all of our elected officials were Public Advocates !

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      I never even noticed the office of the Public Advocate until this year but when I saw the people in the neighborhood of the 117th Street building explosion, I knew why this administration is important from how the Mayor and the Public Speaker communicated with the locals.

      I know why Mrs. De Blasio cried when they got those school hours extended so stay at home moms could take real jobs because I saw teen moms on the subway and they look so lonely during school hours and so screwed over when they are lugging that baby up the subway steps (and yes, I helped her) that there is no way that is fair because they look like nice girls. People who get good grades – it doesn’t necessarily make them better than other people.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      It sounds like the Bronx is in trouble and tenants need special support. They don’t sound like the cynical opportunistic Cry Poor tenants sometimes found Downtown riding on the coattails of the genuinely vulnerable:

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      DOB has a public advocate and he is a lifesaver for nobodies like my mother.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      No one did anything about nail salons until she came along. I had no idea they were so dangerous. I just see that on realdeal lease sheet that they can afford to pay rent in Midtown.

  • Instead of having a list come out once a year, renters should/can help other renters by writing reviews about their landlords or property management groups on a landlord review site called every day.

    A review can go a long way, either helping a great landlord fill all his available apartments, or it can force a landlord to fix the problems that exist in a current apartment.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      I wrote to two of those websites asking them to update our contact information to no avail – we don’t have any reviews but god help you, if you posted about me and I find out because I’ll just respond with a youtube link and we can duke it out – your sweet voiced denials for your son’s smartphone vs my old school bills, photographs and the fact that you would never do this if it was your property or your family members. You want to open that can of worms – what won’t I talk about what rent control tenants did to my family.

      No market tenant has asked us for our side of the Chinese whispers employed by tenants who perjure themselves in Housing Court, who malign us to third parties including neighboring landlords and to the local collaborating press who we actually caught dumping their newspaper office garbage in front of our building so we would get multiple tickets. Uninvested third parties will volunteer heartening comments and amusing assessments but at the end of the day, the spotlight, the press make sure that the silent majority is not represented.

      Basically, outside of genuine victims, tenants who are not practicing the Golden Rule are not called out (Sushi Defense only lost on appeal because the landlord could afford the legal fees) and not penalized for their costly dishonesty.

      I have so many stories that are supported by evidence like EVIDENCE. Is a nasty review by a tenant really evidence when the reviewer does not have to provide their identity and back up what they claim? Look what happened to Menachem Stark.

      I actually do have something bad to say about all of my rent regulated tenants and I use the internet and I am not Marolda, I didn’t get misled into mistaking my tenants with someone with the same name. Where’s the website for that? How about a website for how many units these tenants actually control in the neighborhood and use different addresses for different purposes? How about how much property they own and the City is totally okay with that?

      I think the Bronx which really needs help from the government is not the same as Sushi Defense tenants in Manhattan.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      But don’t let a bad photo tell the whole story because sometimes it’s an especially heavy garbage day:

      all three of our cleaner resignations involved tenant’s extraordinary garbage:

      (1) our longest cleaner who worked so many buildings in the neighborhood and was so sweet to us just couldn’t take another pile of frat boy alchohol bottle garbage

      (2) another nice cleaner quit without after previous occasions of asking for and receiving more money when she said that’s it, I’m done because of one of the Sushi Defense AND hoarder apartments decided one day to do a giant mountain of some kind of office garbage.

      (3) we have the photos – bags of chicken carcasses and big coke bottles for marinade for “Granny’s Chicken” as advertised in the local paper with the phone number for the apartment being sold at a local food court and huge puffs of steam night and day whenever the door to that apartment opened.

      It wasn’t once that this happened but it was an ongoing lied about commercial kitchen. It was real and if it happened in Queens where Tony Avella stopped it, there is no way that the shameless rhetoric and lies would have been employed.

      And another tenant in the neighborhood asked my mother what she was doing because in her friend’s building and other buildings in the community, tenants are not good with garbage on purpose and the landlords are dismayed and not correcting things like regular overturning of full cups of tea with milk, “disposing” of hiding open watermelons under the stairs to invite vermin, etc.

      When tenants are so fastidious about not leaving food garbage – not even overnight – but not even for an extra minute inside their own unit even if it means placing it outside in the hallway – those tenants are not ignorantly screwing with the garbage and refusing to close their garbage bags and making a mess for whoever is doing the garbage – that’s definitely opportunistic sadism.

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    Originally published October 10, 2014 at 6:44 AM | Page modified October 10, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Japan court orders Google to remove search results

    A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man’s unflattering past in an order the plaintiff’s lawyer compared to Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling.


    TOKYO —

    A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man’s unflattering past in an order the plaintiff’s lawyer compared to Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling.

    The Tokyo District Court ordered Google Japan on Thursday to remove search results that hinted at the man’s relations with a criminal organization after he complained his privacy rights were violated.

    Google spokesman Taj Meadows said the company has a standard process for removal requests, and people can come to Google.

    “We remove pages from our search results when required by local law, including Japan’s longstanding privacy and defamation laws,” he said. He said the company was reviewing the ruling.

    The plaintiff’s lawyer, Tomohiro Kanda said the case addressed privacy, defamation and other issues defined by Japanese law but also took the European “right to be forgotten” ruling in May as an example and used some of its logic and language.

    In that case, Europe’s highest court ruled Google should delete references to negative past information, including old debts and past arrests.

    “We asserted Google as a controller of the site had the duty to delete the material,” Kanda told The Associated Press. “We are fighting the same battle as the one in Europe, and we won a similar decision.”

    Some experts say Japan needs to define the borders of privacy and search functions.

    In the court injunction, Judge Nobuyuki Seki said some of the search results “infringe personal rights,” and had harmed the plaintiff, according to Kyodo News.


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    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      That’s a little bit weird that a court of law is concerned with protecting a criminal.

  • YankeeFan

    UHAB is the 5th Worst Landlord in Manhattan! How hypocritical. Maybe they should send Tenants & Neighbors to organize there own building? What a fraud.