As more and more of New York is colonized by gleaming luxury towers and elegant condo conversions, the grim experience of rodent infestations, crumbling ceilings and broken boilers has become ever more remote to many New Yorkers, particularly the newly-minted variety who live in $2,100 a month studios paid for by their parents. But the 2,700 units added to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s 2014 Alternative Enforcement Program list is a testament to the ongoing reality of substandard housing in New York.
Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn slammed rival Bill de Blasio this morning following a Daily News report that revealed he’d accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from bad landlords on his much-touted “Worst Landlords Watchlist.” But it turns out Ms. Quinn has also taken money from some on the list.
Speaking at a press conference in East Harlem, Ms. Quinn, whose campaign is now polling in third in some surveys, accused front-runner Bill de Blasio of using his list–intended to shame bad landlords into making repairs–to raise cash.
Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. On Thursday night, the Rent Guidelines Board voted to jack up the rent approve rent increases of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75-percent for a two-year leases, as reported by The New York Times. The decision will mean increases of $40 a month, or $480 a year for a $1,000-a-month apartment, or $960 for a $2,000-a-month apartment, twice the amount of the 2012 increases, which were capped at 2 and 4 percent respectively.
When not even rent stabilized tenants can afford to stay in New York, the rest of us may as well start looking for apartments in Jersey City. Or maybe it’s time to throw in the towel altogether and decamp to the West Coast, leaving Manhattan to the I-bankers and the spoiled spawn of people who actually work for living.
Surprise! The rent is going up again next year.
In a move that surprised no one, the Rent Guidelines Board cast a preliminary vote to allow rent increases between 1.75 and 4 percent for one-year leases and 3.5 to 6.75 percent for two-year leases, reports The New York Times.
The ranges will be narrowed to a single percent increase when the board takes its final vote on June 21. Last year the board approved a 3.75 percent increase for a one-year lease and a 7.25 percent increase for a two-year lease.
While some say Harlem is the city’s new housing hotspot, hundreds of empty residential buildings bespeak serious issues still affecting the community, The New York Times reports. While storefronts in the neighborhood are generally bustling, an unsettling number of residences above are boarded up, and have been for decades. Business may be good on the ground floor, but landlords, often times wealthy real estate firms, have forsaken the residential apartments, leaving blighted buildings dotting the neighborhood.
There are slumlords and then there are slumlords.
Three Brooklyn landlords were arrested yesterday for failing to address a combined 500 open housing code violations on two properties, according to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
First they came for the bars, then they came for the parks. Now it could even become harder for New Yorkers to smoke in their apartments.
Residents have long had to worry about their neighbors smoking, and landlords were often held to account, but never before had a case been brought in court Read More
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Apparently it’s quite controversial to discuss the experience of living in Brooklyn when it comes to the topic of race. A few weeks back, I dared to talk about it and received a lot of flack. But in my hood, Prospect Heights, and anywhere really, race, class and gentrification are Read More
It’s easy to feel helpless and vulnerable during your apartment search, tired of hoofing it from place to place, and being let down almost every time. On top of that, I was skeptical of my realtor, Angel, a 50-ish Asian woman who drives a Jaguar, when she first showed me the apartment I inevitably Read More