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Thursday, January 8, 2015

I've Had Enough! Have You, Too?

Very busy, but in reading what's been happening here--a stabbing leaving someone paralyzed, future MCIs, dog shit all over the place, lack of heat in certain apartments, washing/drying machines broken down--I've had enough! No more Mr. Nice Guy!

To be continued....

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just heard of several ways we all are being overcharged.

1. Random Charges
2. Compounding the MCI charges
3. Exceeding the 6% annual cap
4. False calculations and amounts filed on newly MR apartments.


And let us not forget the brazenly absurd renovation charges; MCI's for the NYU campus requirements; the unfairly distribution of the 2014 MCI charges by the new stabilizer's CWCTA; the 2014 MCI's that should not have been approved; etc.

http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1493-2013

WE ALL NEED TO FILE COMPLAINTS AT DHCR.
WE ALL ARE BEING OVERCHARGED SAME WAY COMPASS ROCK IS OVERCHARGING RIVERTON.

Anonymous said...

Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town used to be so much safer.

Anonymous said...

Ya here this Danny Boy?

Anonymous said...

I have also STR. Let's get it together The new news is another mci coming since they're painting our hallways. What a fucking disgrace.

Anonymous said...

I offered to put something together several months ago during the Guterman attempt. I asked for 10 positive responses. I got 3.
Good luck. If you get 10 positive responses, I'll participate. But without numbers or a core to help develop numbers, I doubt anything good will happen.

Anonymous said...

"I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!'

Sorry, just a little humor to defuse the situation.

The focus, for the near term, is the renewal and strengthening (not the status quo) of the NYS RS law which sunsets in June, 2015. All other things will be useless unless this is accomplished. The odds against us are huge.

http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/nyc-rent-control-could-expire-pending-regulation-renewals-1.9772212

Anonymous said...

Painting the hallways does not qualify as a MCI. Routine maintenance. Not to worry.

Anonymous said...

To be continued...... Interested in what STR has to say now.

Anonymous said...

Painting hallways will! it happened to us and they will change the carpet (cheap horrible carpet) too. Bam - mCI

Anonymous said...

Its an uphill battle this year to protect rent stabilization because in this past decade+ politicians as Shelly have been weakening tenants rights and standing while strengthening their landlord buddies position. Sadly it is probably already a paid-for done deal before the dog and pony show parading out the smaller landlords and cowardly hiding the majority larger developer / hedge fund landlords in Albany even begins. It is a lot of posturing for photo ops to further political ambitions with no real protection results for tenants since 1973. Tenant rights and benefits have not increased near the amount of landlord tax subsidies and breaks, favorable laws and loopholes.

Market Rate tenants are not subsidizing rent stabilized tenants. The rent on one does not effect the other. Except in PCVST where the CWCTA buyers association negotiated for the MR to pay less then the RS on the MCI charges. RS is subsidizing the MR on PCVST mci's.

Anonymous said...

I have filed the forms for over charges. Has anyone else? I get no reply and no help from dhcr

is this normal? why doesn't dhcr cooperate with tenants and whose side are they on?

Anonymous said...

While I am certainly concerned about our safety and there has been some recent incidents that have alarmed me, in that one case, it appears that the poor man who got stabbed seemed to have, well, you know, ordered up some fun on Craig's list. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but obviously there are dangers associated with Craig's list ads of all kinds. Even less racy ones, like selling jewelry or furniture, present risks, but this one had the hallmarks, including a late-night response visit, etc. of the kind that make it particularly risky. All I'm saying is I don't know what security could have done in this case in the privacy of the man's apartment once he invited this rather shady youth into his apartment, for whatever the reason, at that hour of the night.

Anonymous said...

How about another new intercom system? How long since the last one was put in. There will be an MCI for this.

Anonymous said...

11:52 him again? is that the same dumba** that was in the news whining last year and sued the State for developing a fraud detection unit? Shame on Newsday for parading out the same guy and not mentioning his pathetic history.

Small landlords like the guy whining in the article pay the least amount of taxes. Another landlord who wants all favoritism and breaks and subsidies to come his way and his way only. a little brucie ratner in the making.....

Christopher Athineos, whose family owns 9 buildings was in the news last year complaining about the existence of Governor Cuomo's Tenants Protection Unit.

He doesn't believe tenants should have any rights or protections or the slightest of equality in breaks as he gets / is "entitled" to. The world is so unfair to him when tenants have a Tenant Protection Unit to detect fraud.

Ellen Davidson a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, who works with tenants, summed it up nicely when she said,

"The agency has been given the responsibility for enforcing the rent laws," she said. "If enforcing the law has the effect of frightening landlords—that says something about their practices."

The Tenant Protection Unit investigates landlord fraud. If there is no fraud, landlords need not worry. But still the legislature refuses to fund the TPU.

Medieval little men of landlord entitlement who believe peasant tenants should have no rights and no protections. This Newsday jerk wants a ribbon when he replaces a bathroom from 1930, when it should have been replaced long ago as general maintenance.

And by the way to the earlier debaters on the 4 year rule -

"The new rule allows tenants to look back further than four years to prove past fraud by landlords. In justifying the new rule, the state said it was reflecting a series of recent court decisions, but the landlord suit said it went much further."


http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303880604579403591183346398

There is A LOT OF FRAUD in pcvst and everyone, the MR and the RS can file overcharges and get their money back.


Anonymous said...

1:59 Agree with you. I think the bigger issue was the delay in reporting the crime to the public/ the residents.

Anonymous said...

11:52 him again? is that the same dumba** that was in the news whining last year and sued the State for developing a fraud detection unit? Shame on Newsday for parading out the same guy and not mentioning his pathetic history.

Small landlords like the guy whining in the article pay the least amount of taxes. Another landlord who wants all favoritism and breaks and subsidies to come his way and his way only. a little brucie ratner in the making.....

Christopher Athineos, whose family owns 9 buildings was in the news last year complaining about the existence of Governor Cuomo's Tenants Protection Unit.

He doesn't believe tenants should have any rights or protections or the slightest of equality in breaks as he gets / is "entitled" to. The world is so unfair to him when tenants have a Tenant Protection Unit to detect fraud.

Ellen Davidson a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, who works with tenants, summed it up nicely when she said,

"The agency has been given the responsibility for enforcing the rent laws," she said. "If enforcing the law has the effect of frightening landlords—that says something about their practices."

The Tenant Protection Unit investigates landlord fraud. If there is no fraud, landlords need not worry. But still the legislature refuses to fund the TPU.

Medieval little men of landlord entitlement who believe peasant tenants should have no rights and no protections. This Newsday jerk wants a ribbon when he replaces a bathroom from 1930, when it should have been replaced long ago as general maintenance.

And by the way to the earlier debaters on the 4 year rule -

"The new rule allows tenants to look back further than four years to prove past fraud by landlords. In justifying the new rule, the state said it was reflecting a series of recent court decisions, but the landlord suit said it went much further."


http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303880604579403591183346398

There is A LOT OF FRAUD in pcvst and everyone, the MR and the RS can file overcharges and get their money back.

Anonymous said...

Tax Break on Billionaires’ Row

Q. Could you explain the reasoning behind the policy that grants 20- to 30-year tax abatements for residents in luxury buildings like One57?

I cannot understand why someone buying an apartment for upward of $40 million would end up paying substantially less in taxes than the average co-op owner pays. How does this abatement help foster the building of affordable housing in the city?

Midtown East, Manhattan

A. You are not the first person to wonder why someone paying $90 million for a penthouse would need a 94 percent property tax break, as is the case at One57, the Midtown skyscraper that has come to symbolize Manhattan’s new Gilded Age.

For that answer, you would need to look to Albany.

In 2013, the State Legislature carved out a provision in a housing bill granting One57 and four other luxury developments the tax break — with little explanation.

These developments can now benefit from a city tax exemption, 421a, which was created in the 1970s to encourage redevelopment. In its current form, a Midtown development that does not include affordable housing units on-site would not be eligible for the tax benefit. But the Albany bill skirted that detail by allowing One57 and the four other developments to qualify for the tax break anyway. Instead, the developers can pay into a fund to build affordable housing elsewhere in the city, like in the Bronx.

“It’s amazing that they get away with this and people aren’t rising up with pitchforks,” said Michael McKee, a board member of the Metropolitan Council on Housing and co-author of a report critical of the Albany deal.

How much will the deal actually cost taxpayers? According to the Metropolitan Council’s report, which was co-authored by Jaron Benjamin, its executive director, the two One57 penthouses will cost the city $2.4 million in lost tax revenue over the next decade. And that does not account for the remaining units in the 90-story tower. The future owner of a $38.9 million three-bedroom would pay a mere $509 a month in taxes, according to StreetEasy.com.



ENORMOUS TAX BREAKS TO DEVELOPERS AND LANDLORDS IS THE BIGGEST COSTLIEST PROBLEM.

RENT STABILIZATION IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

THAT RENT STABILIZATION IS EVEN UP FOR DEBATE IS EMBARRASSING AND SHAMEFUL FOR THIS LEGISLATURE NONE OF WHOM SHOULD EVER BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE HAVING AN EFFECT ON THE ENTIRE COUNTRY GIVEN THE WAY THEY TREAT THE PEOPLE HERE.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/realestate/property-taxes-tax-abatements-affordable-housing.html?_r=0


Anonymous said...

The dog crap is out of control. And yes, I have one I walk several times a day and see first hand that so many people just don't clean up after their own (I have had too many fights with people over it that got ugly). Just because its cold, raining or both does not mean that you are excused from cleaning up after your pet. And pretending you are on your phone and didn't notice isn't an excuse.
I have been snarky to STR in the past about dog posts, to which I apologize.

Anonymous said...

1:47 did you fill them out in person or online? Either way within a few weeks we filed we received the confirmation of the filing and the case number assigned. Are you saying you never got that? Did you go in person to confirm DHCR received your filing and ask for your case number? You may want to start there and when you are there ask them for a timeline on how long these things take and review your specific case with them in person and get a rent history from them. They print it out while you wait. Are you saying you went there and they did none of this for you because our recent experience was actually good and we got a lot of information on our apartment.

Anonymous said...

In answer to your question, STR: Yes, I've had more than enough! I wish there was something that we could do!

I've found that making any comment or suggestion on the PCVST official Facebook page concerning any problem here results in the post being deleted. They only want to hear praise and adoration! I'm not talking about the TA page (I don't post on that), but the management-run fb page.

Anonymous said...

thx for the article 11:52

Chris Athineos isn't subsidizing rent stabilized apartments nor are he and his ilk hurting for or losing money. They just feel they are entitled to more more more and that the tenants are entitled to less then nothing. Of all the stupidity, the market rate tenants claim they are subsidizing the rent stabilized, the landlords claim they are, but really neither of you are. If you want to scream and cry foul about something BIG you are subsidizing, look no further then developer tax breaks.

Anonymous said...

Here's an interesting bit of info. Friends who are looking for an apartment were told that (and this is Winter NY) there are no 1 or 2 br available in Peter cooper now. None.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean STR. The raw sewage all over the property was always a negative to me. I realize we have a lot of raw sewage people (both new and old) who live here and post on this blog but it's just something I could never get used to. It's just not me somehow. Granted, if I had a frat house on top of me that would probably be my number one complaint, but fortunately I have good neighbors.

Anonymous said...

CHECK THIS OUT: 19 and 21 Stuyvesant oval: common area waste pipe replacement. Replacement of the waste piping beneath your building will begin on Monday jan12 and will continue for several weeks. WHY IS THIS BEING DONE? WHY? SOMETHING IS ALWAYS BEING REPLACED. IS THIS REALLY NECESSARY?

Anonymous said...

I have had enough of the attitude and nasty porters working in Pcv. Quit if you hate your job. I've been here 15 years - never saw such a miserable bunch. To the tenants!

Anonymous said...

3-19 - We got a confirmation # and that was months and months ago! We call , visit , write and again, nothing done. Dhcr says to check back! It's almost Laughable.

What happened with your case and what was the outcome? Did the department investigate your complaint and if so, what was outcome?

Anonymous said...

Yay.

I received my check for interest on my security deposit!!!

$1.89!


Anonymous said...

What does it matter how or where they fill out the DHCR papers. WE all know they're not 'processing' them. The department will just keep playing the 'waiting ' game until you time out. Btdt - they are Bffs with all the Nyc landlords and developers. Duh.

Anonymous said...

I received my lease renewal and the increase is blatantly higher than what a rent stabilized apartment should be. I have been dealing with the "lease renewal coordinator" for over a week and I need to speak to someone above her. Does anyone know who I can contact about what our correct lease renewal should be, i.e. who is her boss is? Any names with contact would be very helpful. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I received my lease renewal and the increase is blatantly higher than what a rent stabilized apartment should be. I have been dealing with the "lease renewal coordinator" for over a week and I need to speak to someone above her. Does anyone know who I can contact about what our correct lease renewal should be, i.e. who is her boss is? Any names with contact would be very helpful. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Yes I have had enough. Steinberg and Marsh hiring REBNY lawyer Kane was the final nail in the coffin for the TA as far as I am concerned.

Anonymous said...

Steinberg and Marsh should be ashamed of themselves and should step down. Would Al Doyle have hired a REBNY member like Meredith Kane? I don't think so, though I could be wrong. The TA has shown itself to be nothing more than a bunch of useless quislings who do NOTHING for the tenants and everything for CW and their little twerpy hero, Daniel Garodnick.

We need a real tenants association here. And we need some real representation by our elected so-called representatives.

Anonymous said...

Re: the comment about the porters: the porters in my building are hardworking, pleasant and efficient. Have no complaints whatsoever about them. Don't paint them all with the same broad brush.

Anonymous said...

3:19 and 10:22 You should not discuss specific case details. The CWCTA and CWC are trolling and trying to id tenants helping other tenants to stop those who are helping other tenants. 10:22 if you are not a troll then do not ask 3:19 for any specifics that will get 3:19 in trouble with CWCTA for helping you. If you are a troll 10:22 then go away. You and Dan go away.

Anonymous said...

Just been watching "Network" on PBS. I think we all should yell out our windows: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Anonymous said...

9:24 p.m.: "I received my lease renewal and the increase is blatantly higher than what a rent stabilized apartment should be."

Take a look at your old lease. Does it have a preferential (lower) amount and a legal (higher) amount? If so, and if the lease says the preferential amount is in effect only for the term of the lease, then management can raise your rent up to the full legal amount on renewal. It can add to the old legal amount the RGB increases for this year and any MCIs that may have been approved (although in March we all got 5% knocked off some MCIs). The actual dollar amounts don't matter because we're all rent stabilized at the moment, no matter how high the rent is. (I'm assuming this isn't a Roberts lease.)

Anonymous said...

9 24 poster ~ File an overcharge as was pointed out earlier and stat. It is from the DHCR and I think it is form 89. Check the site and do it asap. Come back and report results. Please. All must file overcharges on these thieves.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Hiring a real estate attorney when you're trying to buy a piece of real estate is outrageous all right.

Anonymous said...

Anybody doubting that this place has descended to the level of a slum should have gone down to my laundry room today. Most of the washers were broken and just a couple of the dryers were working. To add to the ambience, somebody had dumped a big heavy bag of festering, stinking kitchen garbage in the garbage bin IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM. We have the dirtiest and dumbest people living here now and these are the people who "Management" can relate to because we have the nastiest and most useless assholes running this dump. If NYCHA took over, they certainly couldn't do a worse job than Campus Crock.

Anonymous said...

What is cwcta? why so vague? WE should be helping and informing each other. What is Cta?

Anonymous said...

THE WHOLE PREFERENTIAL RENT vs real rent is bullcrap and they know it. The real rent on my SIL apartment is over 5,000$ for a one bedroom. um, really? How the F do these goons get away with this?

Anonymous said...

7 15 the laundry room we have is really nice. really clean. Laundry rooms are not the problem here. Rents, false increases and renewal increases are the problem here.

Anonymous said...

"7 15 the laundry room we have is really nice. really clean. Laundry rooms are not the problem here. Rents, false increases and renewal increases are the problem here."

Please tell me which building you are in because I want to do my laundry in your laundry room. True the other issues you mentioned are a problem, but the laundry rooms are a serious problem too because we are paying for service we don't get.
My post also included the fact that some filthy slob left a big, heavy bag of kitchen garbage (greasy bones and all kinds of smelly dreck) right in the garbage pail in the laundry room. That is supposed to be only for lint, detergent containers, etc. These filthy slobs don't even know how to use the garbage chute. The cost of one malfunctioning washer or dryer is twice the IQ of some of the cretins who live here now!

Anonymous said...

@3:57 pm: You pay $5k for a one-bedroom here? You are nuts! You are really and truly nuts! Don't you know that you can do a LOT better elsewhere - doorman, cleanliness, etc. Oy Vey!

Anonymous said...

Maybe 3:57p is truly rich, really rich.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe 3:57p is truly rich, really rich."

Wish I were really, truly rich. I certainly would not be here!

Anonymous said...

We live in Stuy and our laundry room is impeccable too. I do agree the students are a real issue with noise, dirt and garbage.

Anonymous said...

Probably 4 "people" packed in that one apartment. WHAT A JOKE!!
WE NEED NEW MANAGEMENT AROUND HERE!!

Anonymous said...

"We live in Stuy and our laundry room is impeccable too."

Do the machines actually work? Maybe it's impeccable because nobody does any laundry there!

Anonymous said...

Our building, stuy, has a fine laundry room so please stop. Our porter cleans it often, machines are fine enough and it's busy with residents, but not too busy. maybe you should just walk to first ave and do it if this is your only problem.

Anonymous said...

OK. Where's the beef?