Mayor wants to remove Parkash as landlord of allegedly rat-infested Bronx building

City seeking to "take over operations" at 750 Grand Concourse

New York /
Feb.February 16, 2017 01:15 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking to remove Bronx landlord Ved Parkash from running his building at the the center of an outbreak of a rat-borne disease.

The city has accused Ved Parkash of creating illegal apartments at 750 Grand Concourse and allowing it to become a breeding ground for rats. The Department of Buildings said it uncovered eight illegal apartments in the basement of the building. Over the past two months, three people within a one-block radius of the apartment have developed leptospirosis, a rare disease spread by rat urine. One has since died. One of the survivors said he lived in the basement of 750 Concourse.

Late Wednesday, the mayor said his administration would take action to remove Parkash from running the building, the New York Post reported.

“We stand with the tenants. After deploying numerous tools to address persistent problems at this building, we are working with housing advocates and tenants to lodge an action against the landlord to take over operations,” de Blasio said, according to the Post. “We will not rest until we’ve exhausted every measure to ensure the health and safety of these residents.”

The City Will Ask A Housing Court judge to remove Parkash and appoint an administrator to manage the building.

Last year, 38 tenants at the building filed lawsuits against Parkash, claiming the building was plagued by rats, peeling ceilings and weeks-long gas outages.

In 2015, Parkash was listed as the worst landlord in the city by Public Advocate Letitia James. [NYP]Miriam Hall


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Andrew Yang (Getty, iStock)
Yang targets vacant lots with $900 million tax plan
Yang targets vacant lots with $900 million tax plan
32 Avenue of the Americas, Two Metrotech and 60 Hudson Street. (Rudin Management, Brookfield Properties, 60 Hudson, City of New York)
These properties face credit risk under Local Law 97: Moody’s
These properties face credit risk under Local Law 97: Moody’s
U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich (Senate/Chris Coons, iStock)
Judge strikes down federal eviction ban
Judge strikes down federal eviction ban
Sen. Brian Kavanagh and RSA President Joe Strasburg (Getty, Strasburg via Jeffersons Siegel)
Rent relief hinges on dwindling goodwill
Rent relief hinges on dwindling goodwill
The Howard Hughes Corporation CEO David O'Reilly (LinkedIn via David O'Reilly)
Howard Hughes’ (slightly less) big Seaport project approved
Howard Hughes’ (slightly less) big Seaport project approved
A judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the Soho rezoning. (Getty)
Judge declines to block Soho rezoning; proposal remains on hold
Judge declines to block Soho rezoning; proposal remains on hold
Cuomo also announced today that the city’s subway system will resume 24-hour service May 17 for the first time in a year. (Getty)
NY to lift Covid capacity restrictions May 19
NY to lift Covid capacity restrictions May 19
Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)
City rent board missing landlord rep ahead of preliminary vote
City rent board missing landlord rep ahead of preliminary vote
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...