August 31st, 2010
According to a press release from Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, they have launched a new website that exposes the landlords behind some of the city’s most dangerous and dilapidated buildings including 96 in Brooklyn:
“The Public Advocate’s NYC’s Worst Landlords Watch List is the first resource allowing tenants to look up a current or potential landlord by name and see code violations for other buildings the landlord owns. The Watch List is available online at advocate.nyc.gov/landlord-watchlist.”
According to the city, 311 receives more calls regarding landlord complaints than any other topic, so this site should be a useful resource for residents who deserve better conditions. According to the website, there’s nothing in Dumbo that shows any code violations, but Brooklyn has the most landlord violations. Let’s hope they also follow the new state bill that passed yesterday requiring landlords to tell prospective tenants about bedbug infestatoins at an apartment within the past year.