Public advocate reveals NYC’s worst landlords
Carmen Piniero begrudgingly agreed when her landlord asked her to stay in a hotel for two nights in June — and when she returned, her Brooklyn apartment had been torn apart.
It remains that way more than four months later, several rooms rendered uninhabitable due to the surprise construction. Piniero, who has lived in the same rent-stabilized apartment for more than five decades, believes the building’s management company is undergoing a deliberately slow renovation to force her out so her apartment can be turned into a co-op and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“They even offered to buy me a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico so I would leave,” said Pinero, 73. “They are trying to move me out. It’s terrible. I can barely live here.”
Piniero is paying $562 a month for an apartment in a Prospect Heights building where a two-bedroom co-op apartment currently lists for more than $700,000. Several walls in her home remain torn down, and her bathroom is a mess of exposed wires and sheet rock.