DNAinfo: Tenants Forced Out by Fire Say Landlord Is Trying to Destabilize Building

By Gustavo Solis

September 22, 2015

Families living in homeless shelters after being displaced by a deadly fire are taking their landlord to court for failing to make building repairs for more than a year.

In December, tenants sued the landlord for not making repairs at 512 W. 136th St. In March, the court ordered the landlord to follow a strict timeline for making repairs, according to housing court records.

Now that the landlord has missed several deadlines, the residents want the judge to hold the landlord in contempt. They also claim the landlord is deliberately delaying the repairs to destabilize affordable units...

City Councilman Mark Levine stepped in and wrote a letter to HPD commissioner Vicki Been to try to help the residents.

“To date, more than a year since the fire, the landlord has breached the order by failing to meet its stipulations,” Levine wrote.

“Displaced tenants have been forced to find temporary accommodation for over a year, while repairs have stalled. I am extremely concerned that the delay in completing the repairs will eventually outlast the tenants’ ability to remain in temporary locations, leading them to relocate elsewhere.”

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