Topic: 16-unit building with new owner; tenants organization
16-unit building with new owner; tenants organization
I am a tenant in a 16-unit building in Bed Stuy, which was sold to a new owner in November. The building is mixed with some newer tenants and some long-term tenants (30 years or so). All of the apartments are around 400 sq ft, and rent stabilized, around $1000-1500 (only one apartment approaches $2500, we’re not sure why that one is so high). The new owner has issued new leases to about half of tenants, all of which appear to be wrong, with incorrect dates (issued early, including some retroactive), incorrect amounts, and discontinuation of preferential rent riders. The owner is gut renovating 3 vacant apartments, which were renovated prior by the previous owner. The renovation contractor has not protected their work, and has trashed the public areas of the building. One neighboring apartment was robbed during the renovation work (while the tenant was asleep in bed!). Work from the renovation crew caused a full ceiling collapse in another apartment below the work site, which has not been addressed. Tenants with existing leaks/mold have not been addressed. Many tenants have called individually to complain to city agencies and management. Several of the oldest tenants have been offered buy-outs, but most tenants wish to stay here. We have formed a tenants organization to try to address the many individual issues. Curious if others have been in this position, either as tenants, or if landlords have tips for our response.