Monday, December 8, 2008
First meeting of the 114 E. 1st St. tenants to start a "Tenants Association" to improve living conditions in the building.
First off there was a good showing of tenants but we need more people to attend the next meeting so we can get everyones point of view.
There is no reason not to attend. The landlord can not legally do anything to us for meeting.
Please fill out the "Tenant Complaint Check Off" that was put under your door and bring them to the next meeting (if you need another one please say something in the "comments" section). This is for the Tenants Association only. No one but tenants will see this info with the possible exception of a lawyer for the tenants
We would like to have another meeting some time soon. This is a busy time of year so I know that it could be difficult for some to meet. If anyone has suggestions for a date and time please note it in the "comments" section. The more tenants who participate the more effective the association will be! Lets get the services for which we pay rent!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
April of 2008 water started dripping rapidly from two heating pipes in our apartment, and we asked to have them fixed. Angel told them it was just condensation. They obviously did not fix the problem and here a video from last night (November 22, 2008) of the water once again flowing freely from the pipe. Condensation? We think not!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
*Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit; and,
*Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
We cannot allow what happened last year. Call the City's Citizen Service Center at 311.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The superintendent story is a mystery. Does anyone know what is happening?
Also, it seems that rats entirely took over the stairs to the basement.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have called the 9th Precinct and I urge you all to do the same: (212) 477-7811
Not only is the noise uncontrollable, but they are smoking & drinking on the street, which is ILLEGAL.
They disrespect not only every single tenant in this building but also our neighbors.
PLEASE CALL THE 9TH PRECINCT! DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS.
EDITED TO ADD:
IT IS NOW 2:28AM. After calling Habibi directly and telling them to lower the music or I would notifiy the police department, they verbally assaulted me, and then proceeded to call me back and threaten me. Pretty ridiculous.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I have lived 15 years in this building.
I am very much in agreement that Galron Realty has led to the serious demise & health safety of this building. Everyday I weigh up the pros & cons of staying here, which ultimately has to be the goal of the Landlord. I too, have been greeted with foul language & disrespect when calling the offices. All basic requested maintenance jobs have been tardy, poor, sloppy and cosmetic.
I have damp creeping up my walls were the masonry is constantly disintegrating & turning into powder. Which I inhale. I cannot paint over this.
This Spring, I had to listen to the continuous loud scampering of rats up & down the ceiling. (they were breeding in the floorboards above) To add to this, they had climbed up the outside wall one floor & scratched their way into my apt via an external pipe entry. I was awakened each night for several weeks to their furious scratching. I informed the building management & this was classified as a non emergency & I would have to wait. When the exterminator finally called he tried to assure me that it was mice. Once he saw the 6" hole created he quickly changed his mind. I had rat feces all over my home. Disgusting. It truly felt that the rats had overtaken the building.
The front door lock is infuriating.
Garbage area is dangerous (unstable), rat infested & foul smelling. Honestly, it often smells like a dead body is out there.
Hallways are constantly filthy.
I would like to aid the process of getting a 3rd party management involved.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
#1: The halls are never adequately cleaned and haven't been painted properly in years. The result is chipping and mold that present health hazards to us all -- the poor and sometimes unhealthy air quality is exacerbated by the construction in three apartments on the 3rd and 6th floors.
#2: The garbage room is also a dreadful mess. Over the summer a rat infestation took hold.
#3: There is no super for the building. Has anyone seen any official announcement since Angel left the position? There was a new guy briefly, but I've been told he's now gone.
#4: The water pressure is hit or miss. In winter there is usually one or two days a week where there is no hot water.
#5 The tiling and grouting around the floor and fixtures in almost all apartments should have been replaced long ago because they breed mold and damage that only make it worse over time the longer it is untreated.
The attitude and behavior of the management company is outrageous, and may be illegal.
If you're like me you're busy with a zillion other aspects of life and dealing with a negligent landlord is not at the top of the list of things-to-do, but we have crossed a line in the past few months where this is no longer becoming just a nuisance, the conditions have become hazardous.
There is easily 1/3 of the building willing to attest to problems.
Whoever knows the legalities, please proceed.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
"7A Proceeding: If your building has serious problems, such as frequent lack of heat and hot water or lack of basic maintenance or services, and not just problems in one apartment, or if your landlord is harassing you, you should consider getting together with other tenants and bringing a 7A Proceeding. In a 7A Proceeding, the tenants in a building ask the court to remove the landlord as active manager of the building and appoint an administrator who is supervised by the Court and who will collect the rent monies and use them to make repairs and to put the building back in shape. The landlord keeps legal ownership, but no longer has the power to operate the building. If the 7A administrator succeeds in repairing the building, the court can give control of the building back to the landlord.
At least one-third of all the tenants in the building must agree to bring a 7A Proceeding. Often, a tenants' association can help in getting enough tenants together to bring a 7A Proceeding. You and the other tenants in your building may be able to get information from the Resource Center in Housing Court, the HPD Tenant Assistance Unit or other organizations listed in Section 7B, “Where Can I Go for Help” (p. 20)."
Sunday, August 3, 2008
As for our building today the trash is blocking the back door basement entrance. Serious fire hazard again! Water bugs litter the hallway. The front door handle is broken again. The lock is jammed so everyone can enter the building. We got used to this!