Tenants alleging harassment have hard time finding landlord’s office
Rent-stabilized residents of a Greenpoint apartment house whose landlord is reportedly using construction to force them out, are now fighting back, but they’ve had trouble finding the building management’s office.
Tenants at 97 and 99 Clay St. say they have been enduring leaking ceilings, construction debris and the threat of rats in their buildings, according to CBSNewYork. But when they’ve tried to locate the management, which is called “Perfect Management” and has the legal name of LJC Towers LLC, the address leads to a shipping store that contains mailboxes.
One Williamsburg resident, Phil Smrek, told CBSNewYork that he has experienced the same kind of abuse. “I’ve seen them pay the fines [for construction violations] like parking tickets, $5,000, $10,000 … when you’re talking about $20 million properties, a $5,000 fine is nothing so there has to be actual prosecution and prison time for these landlords,” he said.
When CBS checked the address for LJC Towers LLC on the city Housing Preservation and Development website, they found that it wasn’t on Lee Avenue, as the company claimed, but in a building on Manhattan Avenue that says Perfect Management on the door. When CBS reporter Valerie Castro rang the buzzer, whoever was inside turned the lights off and didn’t answer.
A representative from state Sen. Julia Salazar’s office said they would work on the situation, but it would likely take legislative action for situations like these to change, according to CBS.