The New York City Public Advocate’s Office has released its list of the 100 worst landlords in New York City. The list is available online at LandlordWatchlist.com.
The list is based on how many open housing code violations have been issued by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, how many open building code violations there are, and whether the city has sold a tax lien for a building.
The ten worst buildings in each borough are also listed. For Brooklyn, have a look at landlordwatchlist.com/brooklyn/.
You can check these things for your own building, or any other. To check HPD violations, go to nyc.gov/hpd and enter the address. For building violations, check the address at nyc.gov/buildings. For taxes and tax lien, you can check nyc.gov/finance.
If you are the owner of a building on the list, or a tenant in such a building, this affects you, and you should get experienced legal advice on what you need to do. Get advice from an independent source. Call a lawyer recommended by someone who has nothing to gain from your trouble. Call the Bar Association. Whatever you do, get your own INDEPENDENT legal advice, even if it costs you more than you want to spend. If you don’t, you most certainly will pay a lot more later. You get what you pay for. And NEVER agree to anything involving your home or property unless and until you’ve received that independent legal advice.