Flatbush Gardens Tenants File Lawsuit Against Landlord

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    This week the tenants of Flatbush Gardens (previously the Vanderveer Estates), whose poor building conditions are very well documented, filed a lawsuit against the building owners, Renaissance Management, to demand immediate action to address repairs. Tenants documented conditions like water damage, leaking ceilings, rodent infestation and raw sewage in basements and are demanding timely repairs and not just patch-up jobs. Tenants filed another lawsuit one year ago accusing the building owner David Bistricer of a breach of contract. As the NY Daily News notes, this is the first time tenants have banded together to sue for building repairs. Yesterday, residents gathered with Assembly Member Rhoda Jacobs, Assembly Member Nick Perry, and Council Member Jumaane Williams on the issue. Council Member Williams told the crowd: “Flatbush Gardens has suffered at the hands of David Bistricer for far too long. His inaction has resulted in unsanitary, unsafe and unsatisfactory conditions for thousands of tenants. Renaissance Equity Holding has had ample opportunities to respond, and they have failed.”
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