Cornfeld Tenants Association (CTA) works to improve housing conditions for residents in properties owned by Arthur Cornfeld and Alan Fisher in New York City (aka ABC Properties, ABC Realty, and many other LLCs). Our concerns are both in terms of tenants’ rights and our right for security and equity. Goal? To ensure our voices are heard and to stop our landlord from further endangering our safety and our lives.
During the past 4-6 weeks there have been several
incidents reported of rats in apartments. In two cases both people were woken
up with rats on their bodies. One incident was in Building 143 in Apt #3G
(right over Noi Due) and the second incident was Apt #4C.
Several other tenants in both buildings #2020 and
#143 have seen either mice or rats.
PART I: ALL APARTMENTS NEED TO BE EXTERMINATED ON A
Some of you have pets and don’t want the poison.
However, you can have the poison bullets placed *behind* your stoves and
*behind* the radiators.
Additionally, you should have the exterminator (or
the super, his assistant or someone you hire) also place steel wool and cover
any and all openings. All of our HVAC units may have 1 or 2 openings that need
to be covered. I had a visit from ABC Management’s ‘Metro Pest Control’
yesterday and insisted they do BOTH the poison bullets and the steel wool
(which I had to purchase from Loew’s before they arrived in my apartment).
PART II: HVAC
The HVAC unit (which is really the very large
15,000 lbs monster that sits on the roof of #143 and which has virtually
destroyed our roof and created on-going leaks (condensation) into almost all of
our apartments is broken for the 3rd time this summer.
AS A TENANT YOU HAVE RIGHTS TO A HABITABLE
APARTMENT >> you can purchase a window unit and deduct this from the
rent. It is called “Repair and Deduct”. I have been using this method
personally for repairs that have been repeatedly ignored by my landlord.
As long as you write to the landlord requesting
relief and the landlord does not provide same (it is also good to send a letter
via Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested), you may initiate a REPAIR AND
DEDUCT remedy so that you can fix the issue yourself and keep the apartment in
Nothing works better than to contact 3-1-1 (The
City of New York’s Housing and Preservation office) who then contacts our
landlord, ABC Properties, and who then (because they don’t want a fine) repairs/maintains/responds
to the issue at hand.
Here is the url and I urge you to file a complaint: