UWS tenants claim landlord is trying to force them out with pesticide

Dexter House tenants are organizing to bring a lawsuit forward

TRD WEEKEND EDITION /
Mar.March 12, 2017 11:00 AM
345 West 86th Street

345 West 86th Street (Images via Trip Advisor and Travel Pod)

The landlord of an Upper West Side building is being accused of taking pest control to a whole new level. Residents allege that building employees are spraying poisonous pesticides near the apartments of longtime rent-controlled tenants in an attempt to force them out.

“I believe they want to kill me. I have a bad breathing problem,” Helen Ball, a resident of Dexter House at 345 West 86th Street, complained last year to the state division of Homes and Community Renewal.

Ball has now moved, according to the New York Post. A current tenant told the Post that she caught a man spraying under her door at 2 a.m. Chemicals that are illegal for building employees to spray were found by inspectors in the building’s basement.

The building’s landlord, Jay Wartski, has a history of disputes with tenants. In 1984, the Village Voice called Wartski one of the city’s “most heartless” SRO landlords. He spent a month at Rikers ­Island around that time for refusing to repair hazardous conditions at an SRO he owned in Tribeca, according to the Post.

Wartski’s lawyer, Jeffrey Seid­en, told the Post that there is “no validity” to the claims. “There has been no attempt to evict anybody through the use of illegal chemicals,” he said.

Meanwhile, Legal Aid Society lawyer Adan Soltren is trying to organize Dexter House tenants in a lawsuit. If true, he said that the use of pesticides to drive out tenants is one of “the more sinister kinds of tactics I’ve heard of.” [NYP]Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Joel Schreiber (Credit: Shir Stein and Wikipedia)

WeWork’s first investor used his stock as collateral. Now his lenders are suing him

Caspi Development’s Joshua Caspi, Core Asset Management’s James R. Parks, Hana Financial Investment’s Lee Jin-Kook, and 456 Greenwich

Goodbye bankruptcy, hello construction loan: Breakthrough for Tribeca hotel project

10 Hanover Square (Credit: Google Maps)

FiDi landlord violated rent stabilization regs for years: lawsuit

Adam Leitman Bailey (Credit: iStock)

Adam Leitman Bailey can practice law again

Clockwise from left: 91 Leonard Street, 141 West 11th Street, 520 Park Avenue and 115 Central Park West (Credit: StreetEasy, Google Maps)

These are the latest, greatest residential sales in NYC

Jerry Rotonda (Credit: LinkedIn)

Former Deutsche Bank exec has defaulted on $3M loan, lawsuit says

297 West 12th Street and Steve Croman (Credit: Google Maps and Getty Images)

Croman backed out of deal over rent-control concerns: lawsuit

261 Broome Street (Credit: iStock and Google Maps)

Tenant’s lawsuit: “Roaches swarmed my bagel!”

arrow_forward_ios