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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:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Preferential Rent Vs. the Legal (Real) Rent

There have been questions on two STPCV Facebooks about rents being raised more dramatically than seemingly allowed by the Rent Guidelines Board every year. The questions were answered, but I may has well stress the facts here. I will also be adding this info the side bar.

Basically, if you are a newer tenant, you will probably be charged a "preferential rent," which will be stated in your lease rider. This preferential rent will NOT be the rent the landlord CAN charge you, which would be the legal rent. It doesn't matter that all apartments in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are rent stabilized, one "victory" that was the outcome of the Roberts decision. (And what a joke that victory turned out to be!) Upon lease renewal, the landlord can charge as much rent on your "rent stabilized" apartment as the legal rent allows, the preferential rent be damned.

Because of the high turnover of apartments in this community, via the transient student population, the legal rents of many apartments are now very high, a major reason the landlord loves and welcomes students, of course. (And when are the politicians going to close this loophole?)

Chances are that your new apartment in STPCV will have a preferential rent to lure you in. But BEWARE: around the corner could be an increase that could shock you.

If you are about to rent an apartment here and would like to stay long term and call this your home, please be very aware of this. If anyone makes you a promise that your rent will remain what it is, excepting normal Rent Guidelines Board increases: 1) make sure you have that promise in writing, and 2) make sure your lease explicitly states that your preferential rent will remain in effect for the entire term of your tenancy. Chances are very good you will get neither.

You can read more about preferential vs. legal rents here:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Read This and Be Prepared to Gnash Your Teeth

Unlike many of his more wary real estate brethren, Rob Speyer moved quickly to build a strong relationship with New York’s liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, after his election in 2013.

The relationship flowered, and Mr. Speyer, whose company owns Rockefeller Center and operates on four continents, was a host at Mayor de Blasio’s birthday party at Gracie Mansion last May. At a real estate gathering five months later, Mr. de Blasio singled out Mr. Speyer, telling the 6,200 attendees that the developer was “tremendously civically oriented.”

While enjoying a close relationship, however, the two men do not seem to be on the same page when it comes to the pressing need for affordable housing in a city where rents are soaring beyond the grasp of the poor and middle class.

More at the above link.

Perhaps Bill can ask his buddy for a return on the billions that Robbie weighed down tenants with when his then-property ownership of this complex went bust.