Public Advocate Bill de Blasio today announced the latest additions to his New York City’s Worst Landlords Watch List. There are now 330 landlords listed who own a total of 360 buildings. The site, which is featured on Craigslist.org to assist apartment hunters, also includes an updated list of 255 buildings that have been officially removed from the Watch List because violations like lead paint, infestations and mold have been addressed.
The new #1 Worst Landlord is College Management in the Bronx, which owns three Watch List buildings at 1259, 1265 and 1269 College Avenue in the Bronx, with a combined 724 housing code violations. Tenants in the buildings are working with Community Action for Safe Apartments-New Settlement Apartments, Bronx Legal Services and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to secure a court-appointed “7A Administrator” who will make necessary repairs neglected by College Management.
“It takes years of neglect for a building to deteriorate to the point where it ends up on our Watch List. But with enough public pressure and strong tenant organizing, we can turn these buildings around and make life better for thousands of New Yorkers,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
“Residents have formed a powerful Tenants Association to say enough is enough; no one deserves to live with hundreds of dangerous violations. The fact that they live in buildings owned by the #1 worst landlord in the entire city of New York sends a clear message that things need to change,” said Susanna Blankley, Director of Housing Organizing at Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)-New Settlement Apartments.
The current Top 3 Worst Landlords by number of cumulative violations on the Watch List are:
#1 – College Management, 724 hazardous violations in 3 Watch List buildings
#2 – Maristanc Corp., 651 hazardous violations in a single Watch List building
#3 – 1071 Home Corp., 649 hazardous violations in 4 Watch List buildings
All entries on the Watch List have a minimum of two hazardous housing code violations per unit such as lack of heat or hot water, lead paint, toxic mold or broken plumbing. Public Advocate de Blasio launched NYC’s Worst Landlords Watch List in 2010 to shine a spotlight on repeat offenders whose buildings have fallen into dangerous disrepair. The online Watch List has been viewed more than 400,000 times since its launch.
The Watch List is available at: www.landlordwatchlist.com