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Apartment hunting is already a chore in New York City. NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants to ensure renters don’t have to deal with a crummy landlord as well.To help renters make an educated decision on where to live, de Blasio has issued lists of the city’s worst landlords since 2010. An updated list of worst landlords was released Monday morning, ranking landlords by the by the total number of housing violations in all of their buildings.
These violations can range from quick fixes, like minor leaks, to hazardous problems that need immediate attention, like rodent infestation and lack of electricity.
College Management took the top honour with 724 violations in the three buildings it operates.
Here are the rest of the top 10 worst landlords in NYC, according to the list:
1. College Management — 724 violations in three buildings
2. Maristanc Corp. — 651 violations in one building
3. 1071 Home Corp. — 649 violations in four buildings
4. Kelly St. Restoration LP — 466 violations in two buildings
5. Romad Realty Inc. — 458 violations in one building
6. Quality Management Realty — 426 violations in one building
7. 307 West 153rd Street HDFC — 408 violations in one building
8. Surf Ave. Properties — 387 violations in one building
9. Erika Holmes — 385 violations in one building
10. 3230 Cruger Avenue Individuals Corp. —365 violations in one building
When landlords make the list, most work to improve living conditions like these for their tenants rather than facing further public shame on the list. Sandberg reported that more than 250 buildings have been removed from de Blasio’s list after fixing their violations.
“It takes years of neglect for a building to deteriorate to the point where it ends up on our Watch List,” de Blasio said to 1010 WINS‘ Steve Sandberg. “But with enough public pressure and strong tenant organising, we can turn these buildings around and make life better for thousands of New Yorkers.”
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