And you thought your landlord was bad.
The city's latest Worst Landlord Watch List, put out by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, now includes 330 landlords responsible for 360 buildings citywide. Eli Abbott's College Management earned the place of honor atop the list for their combined 724 hazardous violations in three College Avenue buildings in the Bronx.
Residents of the properties spoke out about the problems. From CBS:
“We’re dealing with rats, there’s water leaks all over the place, it’s always filthy,” Angel Caballero, who has lived at 1265 College Ave. for more than 55 years, told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “We’re living like animals.”
Caballero said you can’t go into the basement at night because the rats are “all over the place” and the landlord has done nothing to fix the problem.
“He doesn’t care,” Caballero said.
Other residents agree.
“The living conditions are horrible, the bathrooms are falling apart and he says that he’s fixing stuff but he’s not really doing anything,” one man said. “He’s just a horrible landlord.”
Maristanc Corp in Bed Stuy came in second place on the list with 651 violations in one building. And 1071 Home Corp. in Manhattan and The Bronx came in third with 649 violations over four buildings. ( We wonder: Do violations in the hundreds mean that rats are being counted individually?)
The office of the Public Advocate regularly updates the watch list in hopes that lazy landlords will clean up their act.
“It takes years of neglect for a building to deteriorate to the point where it ends up on our Watch List," de Blasio said in a statement. "But with enough public pressure and strong tenant organizing, we can turn these buildings around and make life better for thousands of New Yorkers.”
The watch list also includes a list of 255 buildings recently removed from the watch list because problems-- varying from lead paint to rodent infestations to mold-- have been adequately addressed.