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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:

Friday, November 8, 2013

BREAKING: A Worried CWCapital Rushes Delivery of Offer to Tenants

According to an online article in this week's REAL ESTATE WEEKLY, CWCapital, the special servicer who is running this property (to the ground), was going to make public to tenants its offer at reducing retroactive MCI charges at the "beginning of next week."  Well, it seems the company and its accountants and lawyers have been working overtime, because tenants are getting, in the early morning hours of Friday (even before the leaf-blowers start), this offer slipped under the door. Undoubtedly this hectic activity signals the worry that CWCapital has over tenants going to court over the new MCIs and that the process could take years to work out, years that CWCapital, which wants to sell the property next year, doesn't like to have. In plain words: We have this despicable landlord by the balls.

How despicable is CWCapital?  This is the company that tries to squeeze every cent out of tenants, that fills apartments with transient students, and has tried, with some success, to rip apart this community through a variety of divide and conquer tactics. This is the company that raised rents mid-lease on "market-rate" tenants. This is the company that said of the unfortunate tenants in PCV whose buildings were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and who were not getting proper services ("basement access, laundry rooms, intercoms, trunk rooms, security, and even elevators", TA report), and who sought a temporary rent reduction, that they were “petty and mean spirited” and that “tenants seek to transform these events into an opportunity to profit.” These are same bastards who now charge you $75 to have your door opened in case you get locked out. These are also the same bastards who do not paint your hallways or clean your buildings or our exterior walkways with regular proper care, but somehow have enough money to spend on a revolving door concept of "landscaping" that has, in the Oval, ripped out beautiful trees, flowers and plants to replace them with a disheartening bare, institutionalized look. This is the same company that doesn't care if it wakes you up in the morning for construction work or leaf-blowing or whatever the hell they want to do.  This is a company that doesn't care about you, the middle class, but would be delighted if you left so they could further raise the rent of your apartment, and would celebrate any incident, death included, if it meant getting an old apartment renovated to a new one so that an extra couple of thousand dollars could be added to the rental fee.

And now this company wants to make you an offer.


The second page deals with the waiver, 35% of the retroactive charge, and how much that would be for your apartment.  I found this amusing, though.  CWCapital wants to "allow our community (italics mine) to move forward."

So don't forget to sign those pledges (see below). And let me repeat what I wrote in that introduction:

CWCapital is very worried about tenants getting together on this issue, which is why they will be making another sleazy offer soon to lower the temporary retroactive charges as they keep, of course, the MCI charges that will permanently burden your rent bill and, furthermore, provide a greater increase in your rent when you renew your lease. Affordable middle class housing is in serious trouble in PCVST, and we must take a united stand against the tactics that are directed toward eliminating such housing and forcing middle class tenants to move out. 

UPDATE: If you filed an appeal of the MCI orders with the TA or individually, and you accept CWCapital's offer, you will accept withdrawing from the appeal with prejudice, meaning that will be legally forbidden to refile forever.  

2nd UPDATE, from the TA:

On Friday, Nov. 8, many of you received a second offer from CWCapital to reduce your retroactive charges by 35% and withdraw their appeal to collect $15 million of MCI costs that the DHCR denied. Accepting their offer means that you would have to agree not to appeal the MCI orders, which means you would not be able to participate in the Tenants Association's own fight against the MCIs.

The TA is in consultation with its counsel and will be advising tenants what to do. In the meantime do not agree to the terms of CWCapital's letter until you hear from us.  We will get back to you as soon as we can.

To all of you with printers:  Please help the TA spread the word to residents who are not on our email list or who do not have computers.  If you can, please print this message out and slip it under the doors of others on your floor. Thank you.

Tangential Update: Not part of the above, but just a note that we are still losing this city to monied real estate and housing for the mega-rich. How did this monstrosity get approval?...

And more dispiriting info:

I hope these are the final F.U.s from the Bloomberg era, but I fear it may not be so.


Anonymous said...

3 questions:
1. It looks as if objections to the MCIs could be to both ongoing & retroactive charges and that CW is saying in exchange for dropping all objections, CW will drop 35% of the retroactive charges. Is this how everyone reads this?
2. Not clear to me if the retroactive charges will be a one-time charge or spread out. Does anyone know?
3. Also, as I understand the TA lawyer Tim Collins implied that the DHCR errors could delay the MCI charges but not stop them. Is this correct?

Anonymous said...

The way I read it, CW is making a very paltry offer which, if any tenants appeal via the TA Public Pledge, could be cancelled anyway. It's really a non-offer, just a "shut up and don't get in our way" kind of thing.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

1) Yes, that's how I read it. 2) I believe the retroactive charges are spread out. I'm almost sure of that. 3) Collins stated with assurance that the DHCR errors would delay the MCI charges, but that it's not a certainty that all or some of the MCI charges could be stopped. That's what the fight will be about.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 1022 AM
1. Yes, but they reserve the right to cancel offer after you accept it if any other tenants appeal
2. Retroactive charges are spread out. Total monthly increase in rent based on permanent and retros can't exceed 6% of your legal rent when the MCIs were filed (which I think was 2009)
3. Correct but a subsequent appeal on the merits might reduce them . no assurances on that

Anonymous said...

c w capital offers nothing
they do not even offer a name on the paper they have printed
no phone number
no current correct street address
how would anyone accept this when they even keep the right to ultimately decline!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

What's curious about #1 is if CWCapital cancels their offer due to the TA going through with the appeal process does that still leave a tenant signatory to the offer obligated not to file an appeal.

Anonymous said...

@STR, yes. Their offer asks that you withdraw from the TA's appeal process "with prejudice." Simply put, this means that you cannot refile an appeal after they've withdrawn their offer (and they WILL withdraw their ridiculously paltry offer).

Anonymous said...

I asked a question on a previous thread as to whether any Roberts class action members received DHCR notices since I did not receive any.

I spoke to the DHCR this AM. While they cannot state that all Roberts class members did not receive DHCR Orders, they did advise that no such MCI orders existed for my specific apartment.

Meaning: 2 MCI docket order (XH410124OM & XF410162OM dated 10/24/13) have been issued to Stuy Town, there is no application of the Orders to my apartment.

BUT... I received the PCVST letters this AM. In it they say the same thing to me that most of you have received. Accept the PCVST offer and Owner will reduce my retroactive charge (specifically defined in the letter).

Question is: How can I owe any retroactive charge or per monthly charge if Owner never filed the paperwork with the DHCR regarding my specific apartment???

I'm thinking many of the Roberts class members are in the same position as I am.

Pointedly, my belief is that the Roberts settlement prohibits Owner from applying the MCI increases to my apartment since, in essence, the settlement established the Legal Rent for my apartment (which I currently pay). And in the calculation for Legal Rent,"all MCI's" from Base Date to Effective Date (terms defined in the Settlement)must have been included in the Legal Rent already.

If Owner didn't apply such MCI's to the Legal Rent calculation prior to the Effective Date, too bad!!!

Anonymous said...

I believe the Robert's lawsuit settled these charges and it's included in your legal rent.

What is the average overall rent increase due to these MCIs that people are receiving?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I haven't figured out my rent increase yet, but my waiver of retroactive charges is very slightly above 1K.

Anonymous said...

I am also a Roberts tenant and have not (to date) received any DHCR notices.

I did receive CWC's offer letter this morning with specific charges specified in the letter.

Any ideas on how to proceed or how I can verify if we were to have received any DHCR notices?

Anonymous said...

"We've got them by the balls"


Anonymous said...

35% off retroactive charges doesn't seem like much of a deal.

Ultimately, the retroactive charges are just a nice stocking stuffer for CW Capital, the really big gift under their tree is the permanent rent increase. The permanent MCI rent increases inflate the rent roll which inflates the property value which inflates their asking price when it comes to selling the place, which they apparently would like to do soon. They claim to have us over a barrel because of DHCR's past track record, but we have them over a barrel because they want the permanent MCI rent increases dealt with NOW.

That's why 35% off retroactive charges doesn't seem like much of a deal.

It seems to me, the more of us who sign the pledges, the stronger our hand is.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Any ideas on how to proceed or how I can verify if we were to have received any DHCR notices?<<

My only suggestion is to contact the TA.

Anonymous said...

If the TA goes ahead and files their appeal and it goes nowhere, which is highly likely since even the TA lawyer left himself an out on that question and tenants lose out on this break will the TA make tenants whole or would tenants who are not TA members have the right to sue the TA and it's law firm?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

You can sue anyone you want in America.

Anonymous said...

Ultimately, the amount of the waiver is paltry compared to the benefit of having an MCI reduced even a small amount. The "offer" is a fixed amount. The increase is forever and will go toward the sum on which RGB increases are figured--so the prospective amount compounds. Don't be fooled that CW is offering anything of great value to us. Keeping them from collecting a retroactive amount right away is a nice finger in the eye from us, and don't they deserve it? (Still waiting for my basement to be restored, CW. Good job by your workers who damaged the Time Warner cable in the basement this week.) If CW gets everything it's asked for, we'll just be paying that fixed maximum of 6% further down the road, when presumably it will effectively be less due to inflation.

Anonymous said...

"If the TA goes ahead and files their appeal and it goes nowhere, which is highly likely since even the TA lawyer left himself an out on that question and tenants lose out on this break will the TA make tenants whole"

It's a crap shoot--no guarantees. You're free to go along with the TA or not.

Anonymous said...

STR, your commitment to covering the atrocities in Stuy Town is a huge service to the people of this community. Keep up the good work!

PS. Fuck you CWCapital, you blood thirsty ghouls!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Thanks. I wish I could do more, though I really don't want to spend as much time as I do on this blog, but our landlords have and are always providing fodder for the grist mill. I just can't ignore what's happening here and be silent. Not my style.

Anonymous said...

5:53 PM

I would suggest this, regarding past appeals. The effort was to get at least one or two PARs filed per building. I know, ours was usually the go-to apartment in our building and we'd always try to get at least one other apartment on board.

Now if you're a DHCR admin and you see that there are, say, 87 apts in 2 Stuy Oval and only 2 PARs are filed to oppose your newly approved elevator MCI, what are you gonna think? If I'm the admin, I'm gonna think the other 85 apartments love their new elevator, and the two who filed PARs are cranks.

So my guess is the new attorneys are suggesting we get more tenants on board the •I object• train. Think about it.

As for the rest of your comment. Please stop trying to be such a horse's ass.

Anonymous said...

"I believe the Robert's lawsuit settled these charges and it's included in your legal rent"

Turns out I was wrong, I and other Robert's tenants just got notification increases.

Anonymous said...

In determining the accurate figure for 6% of 2009 rents, since the rents went up in 2009 due to the MCI charge(s) do we take an average of the year's rent and base the 6% on that?
Please advise.

thank you.

Anonymous said...

Bloomberg is just determined to Uglify everything. That will be his legacy. A nasty, dirty little man with more money than decency took a city with an iconic majestic skyline and filled it full of ugly, Leggo Set buildings that are total affronts to all sensibilities. He was short and ugly, so he wanted his legacy to be everything that was tall and ugly. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

3:27 p.m. "In determining the accurate figure for 6% of 2009 rents, since the rents went up in 2009 due to the MCI charge(s) do we take an average of the year's rent and base the 6% on that?"

The MCIs were not added in in 2009. All those requests were held in abeyance. It's only now that we're finding out how much DHCR has approved. The only wrinkle is to see when the MCI was filed and then check what your rent was at that time. If you renewed your lease in 2009, that might make a difference. (Not a legal opinion, just thinking this through.)

Anonymous said...

Speaking of ugly, I got a look at the Toll Brothers building going up on 22nd Street and Third Avenue. The exterior is starting to be finished, and it doesn't look as though this building will be good to look at. It certainly doesn't blend in, but that might not be possible in any event.

Anonymous said...

and forget what Bloomberg has done to the NYC's connecting heartline called BROADWAY
totally interrupted with empty chairs....
he was never for the people
for him New Yorker meant a magazine

Anonymous said...

Please tell me where to post this:

GET CARPETS PLEASE PEOPLE. We don't want to call SECURITY but the kids running , bouncing balls, dropping, scraping chairs might be fine IF YOU HAD carpets. THE FAMILY ABOVE us, DOES NOT. awful. PLEASE HELP. Thanks.

fwiw. cheap carpets at Kmart, target and etc, if you are short on cash.