The landlord of a multifamily building 98 Linden Street in Bushwick removed the kitchens and baths in two rent-stabilized apartments “under the pretext that he was renovating the apartments” seven months ago and left them that way to try to force the tenants to move so he can increase the rent on the apartments, according to a story in the Brooklyn Bureau. The tenants have been using neighbors’ kitchens and bathrooms since then.
A child living in one of the units came down with pneumonia, “which was exacerbated by the horrible condition” of the apartment. Two tenants are elderly with arthritis and kidney problems, which require drinking a lot of water, accessible only via stairs in a neighbor’s apartment.
The tenants have appealed to the DOB, HPD, and gone to court, but the conditions have not changed, the story said. They have not moved because rents elsewhere are unaffordable. Tenants rights groups held a rally outside the landlord’s house in Borough Park last week.
The multifamily building, pictured above, traded between LLCs for $610,000 in January 2013, according to PropertyShark.