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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, June 26, 2015

Here It Is

The New York metropolitan region’s rent laws will be extended for four years, and will be made retroactive to June 15, 2015. Further, additional reforms will be made to strengthen these laws, including:
  • Increasing and indexing the high rent threshold to the applicable rent guidelines board (rent guidelines boards apply different rents to different geographic areas). This will make it more difficult for units to be removed from rent regulation because it will allow for the high rent watermark to float based on the rent guidelines board increases.
  • Vacancy decontrol limits will be increased to $2,700, and annual increases thereafter will be indexed to the Rent Guidelines Board.
  • Increasing civil harassment penalties. These provisions increase monetary penalties imposed on landlords who harass tenants by approximately $1,000, to $3,000 for each offense and up to $11,000 for each offense where the owner harassed a tenant to obtain a vacancy.
  • Extends the Major Capital Improvement amortization period from 84 months to 108 for buildings over 35 units and 84 months to 96 for buildings under 35 units. The legislation limits the amount of rent that landlords can charge tenants in order to receive reimbursement for necessary improvements or installations.
  • Limits the vacancy bonus provided to landlords on tenants who receive preferential rent as a way to stop the “churn” on these units.


Stuy Town Reporter said...

Not a peep from the TA about this deal. I assume they are putting something together, but at least something, however minimal, could have been said by now.

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Anonymous said...

Give it a rest. All last week I was getting TA emails and seeing posts on the TA FB page that this was a bad deal and that we should call Cuomo to tell him to do better. I got an email this morning from them saying that Hoylman and Kavanagh both voted against it. I guess people in PCVST raised hell.

Anonymous said...

"I guess people in PCVST raised hell"

That was not raising hell. Cuomo knows it too. If we raised hell, he would have done better for us. We barely raised the roof.

Anonymous said...

Staffers at Cuomo's and Kavanagh's offices said the phones were ringing off the hook. Tenants turned out, tenants got arrested, Cuomo got exposed.

Cuomo is HATED upstate and only beat Teachout in the primary because of support from NYC. He thinks he'll be unscathed by all this, that we'll forget about it all three years from now. I doubt it. He's Governor Glenwood now.

Anonymous said...

So basically Albany said we will hurt tenants a little less over here if we can hurt them over there. That is the state of affairs in Albany. Let us hurt tenants over here and we will stop hurt them over there. How about this, stop hurting tenants all together, anywhere, everywhere Governor Glenwood. Sigh, I didn't miss a thing.