Bronx Landlord Tops List as City's Worst
Monday, July 09, 2012
A Bronx landlord has topped the list of worst landlords in the city.
College Management, which has three buildings in the Bronx, earned the distinction of the city’s worst landlord, raking up 724 infractions, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who issued the report.
The severity of the infractions can range from rodents to lack of heat, hot water or gas.
“It’s very bad. I have chronic asthma, and the dust (from peeling paint) makes it worse, and the rats and cockroaches make it worse, too,” Minarda Pimental, 57, who lives in one of the landlord’s buildings told the Daily News.
Another College Management tenant told 1010 WINS that the basement of 1265 College Avenue is crawling with rats.
"We're dealing with rats. There's water leaks all over the place. It's always filthy," Angel Caballero told the station. "We're living like animals."
De Blasio ranked 330 bad landlords. He said that public shaming has proven effective as a means to get landlords to change their ways.
"No one likes to have their friends and their family and people they do business with see them in the papers and on TV, and on radio as having done the wrong thing," he told WNYC.
Top-5 Worst Landlords
College Management (Bronx)
1259 COLLEGE AVENUE
1265 COLLEGE AVENUE
1269 COLLEGE AVENUE
Total infractions: 724
Maristanc Corp (Brooklyn)
245 SULLIVAN PLACE
Total infractions: 651
1071 Home Corp. (Manhattan/Bronx)
620 WEST 182 STREET
561 WEST 186 STREET
3990 10 AVENUE
3034 GRAND CONCOURSE
Total violations: 649
Kelly St Restoration LP (Bronx)
924 KELLY STREET
928 KELLY STREET
Total violations: 466
Romad Realty Inc (Bronx)
2201 DAVIDSON AVENUE
Total violations: 458
Annmarie Fertoli contributed reporting