Landlord of ‘worst buildings’ in Brooklyn only turns heat on for inspectors: tenants

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) – His buildings were dubbed some of New York City’s worst by Bill de Blasio, who was public advocate at the time, and now residents believe their landlord is withholding heat despite the bone-chilling cold.

6-year-old Christael suffers from cerebral palsy, severe scoliosis and respiratory issues.  Her mother, Kristine Ortega, is her sole caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Her job is hard enough, but on top of everything else she told PIX11 she has had little to no heat over the past few days and months.

Ortega is not alone in her complaints.

Bad Landlord

Christael, 6, struggles to stay warm in the cold building, her caregiver told PIX11 news.

Tenants at both 930 and 940 Prospect Place in Crown Heights told PIX 11 this has been an ongoing issue with the building’s landlord for more than year.  It is not, they say, mechanical issue.  The heat absolutely works, just not when they need it.

“Last night it wasn’t on and it was really cold.  I couldn’t  sleep so I woke up this morning really angry,” said one tenant, Shruti Parekh.

Complaints to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development have flooded in and In fact, an inspector was at 940 just yesterday according to this notice.

But Ortega and other tenants believe the landlord is playing one big game.

Worst landlord

“When the inspector comes into the apartment the heat is on and when they leave not too long after the heat is off,” said Ortega.

We tried reaching the landlord, Seth Miller, over the phone but only got his voicemail.  A quick search for Miller, however, brought us to a website showing Miller landed himself on the list for one of the city’s worst landlords by Bill de Blasio while he was Public Advocate last year.And it gets worse.  According to the Department of HPD there are a total of 78 violations between the two buildings and a total of 4 pending cases before the city’s housing court.

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5 comments

  • darrin

    this pathetic excuse for a landlord should either be thrown in jail or be forced by a judge to live in one of these bitter cold apartments for a month then he'll see what his tenants have to endure landlords are notorious for neglecting their duties but yet make sure they get their rent money on time…….like used car salesman some of the biggest lying scum who'll say anything to get money…….

  • JayGoldenBeach

    Next time the cheapskate shows up at one of the buildings, lock him in the basement or wherever there is not heat. Hey, doors blow closed in the winter winds all the time. Sometimes padlocks blow onto doors also. LoL

  • Deb

    We had a landlord that did the same thing. We would have no heat at all. Many tenants were complaining. We would contact the building inspector and he would let the landlord know he was coming so, they would send one of their employees to turn it on! It would be so cold, we could see our breath. The housing laws are not enforced and many times, the city won't do anything because they bring money into the city. We went to the community organizers, the city, the paper, legal aid, etc.. They got away with it.

  • CyndiLou

    ….MOVE!! Didn't you check this place out before you moved into it? Why do you stay – because someone else is paying your rent?? You Section Eighters need to get off your duffs & find a place that is livable….it will take forever for the state to catch up with this guy – so get the hell out. When the complex is empty, maybe he will change.

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