Today, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (pictured on left side) was joined by Senator Adriano Espaillat (pictured) and the Democratic Nominee for NYS Assembly Carmen De La Rosa, as well as community organizations like Picture the Homeless and residents at 78 Thayer, to condemn the harassment tactics all too familiar to uptown residents.
Residents in the building discussed how living in the same building as the many vacant units has left them plagued by rats. Others addressed high jumps in rent, with no capital improvements to the building. They spoke about how these tactics have left them with few options other than to move like their erstwhile neighbors before them, too fatigued to fight in court.
- Council Member Rodriguez announced that HPD is planning a top to bottom inspection in the coming days to detail suspected violations.
- As the landlord is currently over $500,000 in debt according to HPD and any additional violations found could increase this number, the elected officials called for Mr. Noormand to immediately enter a regulatory agreement with HPD to keep all apartments in the building affordable for the local median income of Washington Heights and Inwood: $37,000/year.
- The city to do an annual count of all vacant land and property in the city;
- owners to register property kept vacant and face fines for failure to do so; and
- The City to keep track of all publicly owned land as prospective land for affordable housing development.
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