Tenants at Williamsburg’s 53 Broadway, a luxury rental, are staging a rent strike beginning today. In March, building residents told us they were dealing with incredibly high electric bills, problems with their parking lot and not having a promised 24-hour doorman. Their building super agreed to help some of the tenants negotiate a plan to break leases. But in the meantime, roughly half the tenants are withholding their rent. When they emailed the CEO of their management company, Metro Management, the responses were “elusive” and didn’t acknowledge their requests to fix issues with energy costs and building maintenance, according to the tenants.
They notified Metro of their planned rent strike on June 23, but didn’t receive a response. We’ve reached out to representatives of the management company, but haven’t heard back yet.