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Residents frustrated with city after nine-year renovation delay   The city has spent more than $1 million subsidizing the rents of a dozen tenants it forced from a century-old Manhattan apartment building it promised to renovate in 2008.

 

City-run housing program, slammed by residents, becomes focus of Council hearing   A longstanding city-run program to refurbish dilapidated apartments and sell them to tenants for $250 has turned into a bureaucratic mess: Residents describe waiting a decade for stalled repairs while purchase prices increased tenfold. In one case, a 75-year-old woman says she hasn't been able to retrieve belongings that the city's housing agency stored in a Suffolk County warehouse when she was relocated in 2008.

 

City's Rent-to-Own Program Called a 'Failure' as Tenants Wait Years to Buy   Luisa Rodriguez moved out of her West 150th Street apartment temporarily in 2008 after the city promised to make crucial repairs on the unit and then let her buy it for next to nothing under a city-sponsored program.

 

Woman gets new Harlem home; PIX11 helps residents with rat, cockroach infestations   A Brooklyn mother got a new home and PIX11 News helped residents fight a major rat problem in a Harlem building in this week's follow-up Friday. Michaela Bell from Canarsie, Brooklyn was living in a dirty and unsafe place with her two toddlers. Bell said she was placed there by the city.

 

Landlord Forced Us to Live in Filthy, Dangerous Basement, Family Says  For more than a month, Marino Hernandez says he's had to wake up every half-hour to empty a bucket collecting waste water dripping from his bathroom ceiling.

 

Familia denuncia diluvio de aguas negras en su vivienda  La familia habló en exclusiva y explicó que su casero ha ignorado todas sus precariedades.

 

Candidates for Open Harlem City Council Seat Clash in Housing Debate Tuesday  Just when you thought campaign season was over, a special election is just weeks away for an open City Council seat in Harlem. NY1's very own political anchor Errol Louis co-moderated a candidates' forum in Harlem.

 

PIX11 helps Brooklyn mom fight for transfer out of unsafe apartment   Canarsie mom Michaela Bell says she worries for the safety of her two toddlers. She waited seven months in a city shelter to be transferred to an apartment on L Avenue she feels us unsafe for her kids.

 

'The City Is The Slumlord' In Harlem Building With Bed Bugs, Rats & Black Mold  The floorboards of the apartments at 161 West 140th Street cracked below my feet and I was told many times to watch my step because they were considered unstable. A few more steps in and I was hit with the smell of black mold. It was everywhere, dark splotches caked on the walls and spread up to the ceiling, sending vein-like patterns criss-crossed throughout the apartment.

 

Inquilinos denuncian no tienen calefacción en edificio de Harlem  Decenas de residentes denuncian que se encuentran sin agua caliente y sin calefacción por más de tres semanas en un edificio que pertenece a la ciudad Ellos agregaron que la electricidad no es constante en las viviendas.

 

NY1 For You: As Temperatures Drop, Tenants in one City Owned Building Have No Heat or Hot Water  A lack of heat and hot water has Manhattan tenant Jean Hockaday-Leslie boiling mad.

 

Inquilinos de HPD viven entre moho, chinches y paredes roídas en Harlem  El Departamento de Bomberos de Nueva York (FDNY) advierte a los neoyorquinos del riesgo de utilizar el horno de la estufa para calentar los apartamentos, debido a posibles incendios y fugas de gas, pero Jean Hockaday dice que no tuvo otra elección. A sus 78 años, sus articulaciones no toleran el intenso frío otoñal.

 

With no heat or hot water for weeks, Harlem families ask PIX11 News for help  The problems start at the front door of 161 140th St. Shane Jones is a double amputee and there is no ramp to get in or out of the residential building in Harlem. Everyday he he has to count on the kindness of his neighbors.

 

Tenants Face 'Life Threatening' Conditions at City-Owned Building, They Say  For the past month or so, 81-year-old Beatrice Hunter has woken each morning in her drafty Central Harlem home and boiled water.

 

PODCAST: One Woman's Crusade Against Harlem's Bad Landlords  In this episode we take you to Harlem with former DNAinfo reporter Gustavo Solis, who'll bring you up to speed on some of the area's most pressing issues.

 

New York Isn’t Telling Tenants They May Be Protected From Big Rent Hikes  Due to an error by state officials, rent limits on tens of thousands of New York City apartments were improperly removed. Now, 20 years later, the state is relying on landlords to fix that problem. What could go wrong?

 

Desalojan familia hispana en Manhattan  Según un comunicado de la ciudad, no es una orden de desalojo, si no una medida para garantizar la seguridad de los inquilinos. La vivienda es para una familia y hay tres familias ocupando la vivienda.

 

Qué hacer si hay un escape de gas en tu edificio  Un escape de gas puede ser muy peligroso. Te explicamos que debes hacer si esto te sucede. Hasta podrías pedir una reducción del alquiler por no recibir el servicio de gas.

 

Anciana de 91 años denuncia estar presa dentro de su hogar  La anciana asegura que no ha salido de su apartamento por casi tres años. (Publicado miércoles 23 de marzo de 2016)

 

Manhattan Tenants Rally to Shine a Light on Shady Landlord  Residents in Morningside Heights are calling attention to tactics they say their landlord is using to trying to push them out of their apartments, as NY1's Erin Clarke reports.

 

Inquilinos y funcionarios exponen abuso de casero en Harlem  BCB Management ha incurrido en numerosas violaciones y sus arrendatarios se unen para denunciarlo

 

Rally In Harlem Against Alleged Landlord Abuse  A rally held outide of two buildings in Broadway near 124th Street.The residents say the building management company BCB is trying to force rent stabalized tenants to leave.The tenants say the company began gutting empty apartments while ignoring needed repairs in occupied apartments.

 

Building Owned by Robert Durst's Wife Lands on City's Watch List  An apartment building owned by Robert Durst's estranged wife was placed on a list of "at-risk" buildings by the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

 

Affordable Home Ownership Program More Effective Under Bloomberg: Records  A city-run affordable housing program that provides a pathway to home ownership for low income New Yorkers has stalled under Mayor Bill de Blasio, records show.

 

“Esta gentrificación es una epidemia, tenemos que encontrar el antídoto” Más de 50 organizaciones luchan diariamente en la ciudad de Nueva York para parar los desahucios y el acoso de los propietarios ante la descontrolada gentrificación de las últimas décadas. En la iglesia situada en el número 1080 de la avenida Willoughby en Brooklyn se reúnen unas 20 personas para ver la proyección del documental Sí se puede, 7 días en PAH Barcelona. El film ofrece subtítulos en inglés, pero en este caso no son necesarios porque casi todo el público es de habla hispana. La proyección acaba entre aplausos y caras de esperanza entre los asistentes.

 

Tenants Forced Out by Fire Say Landlord Is Trying to Destabilize Building  Families living in homeless shelters after being displaced by a deadly fire are taking their landlord to court for failing to make building repairs for more than a year.

 

Rising rents raise quality of housing concerns  PALANTE is a tenant’s rights organization. Their mission is to empower residents of New York City with the information and tools necessary to hold neglectful landlords and property owners accountable for substandard living conditions on their properties.

 

Telemundo 47: Ayuda Para Inquilinos  Una organización sin fines de lucro en Harlem ayuda a los inquilinos a defenderse de los caseros inescrupulosos. Liz González explica cuales son las quejas más comunes y qué servicios ofrecen.

 

Landlord Who Owes Tenant $112,000 For Rent Overcharge Loses Appeal  A landlord who owes a tenant $112,000 knew he was overcharging for the rent-stabilized apartment for more than 20 years but never tried to correct it, state housing officials have ruled.

 

Landlord Owes Tenant $14.5K in Rent After Overcharging Her For Years Instead of paying rent on the first of the month, Antonia sends her landlord a bill.“We tell them to take [my rent] out of the savings account,” the 39-year-old single mother joked.  Her “savings account” is the $14,500 the company that owns her building owes her after the state determined it had been overcharging her rent since 2008, when Antonia, whose full last name is being withheld because she is an undocumented immigrant, moved into the rent-stabilized two-bedroom apartment on Fredrick Douglass Boulevard, records show.

 

Are you being overcharged for rent? Here’s how to find out A Harlem resident who learned he was being overcharged for his rent and fought back is still trying to collect the $112,000 “jackpot” he was awarded by the state last summer.

 

Landlord Owes Tenant $112,000 After Overcharging Him for Years. He hit the housing lottery For more than six years, Ramon Hernandez had no idea his frigid, rat-plagued, crumbling apartment would turn out to be a gold mine. Last summer, the state awarded him $112,000 after he contested his rent and discovered he was being overcharged more than $1,000 a month. “It feels great,” Hernandez, 55, said in Spanish. “It’s like the landlord is being punished for years of bad service.”

 

City Has Fined Hamilton Heights 'Worst Landlord' $240K Since 1999 The owner of the uptown building that had tenants freezing from no heat or hot water during the coldest weekend of the year has been charged nearly a quarter of a million dollars since 1999 for failing to make basic repairs, city housing records show.Landlord Nima Nabavi, who made Public Advocate Letitia James' "Worst Landlords" list two years in a row, has racked up violations for busted smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a broken fire escape, ignoring mice and roach infestations and having water leaks and exposed electric wires, according to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

 

Families Freeze After 'Worst Landlord' Runs out of Heating Oil After spending the coldest day of the year without heat and hot water, Isabela Paz and her family are boiling mad. The 43-unit building on 545 West 146th St. lost heat from Saturday night to Monday evening. When the hot water was restored around 7 p.m., the cold water stopped working, Paz, 33, said. Tuesday morning, the heat shut off again, but water remained scalding hot. “We have hot water but we don’t have cold water anymore,” she said in Spanish. “It’s too hot to use.” Paz has been filling pots of hot water and letting them cool for half an hour until her children can use them, she said.

 

Is the Market or Manhattanville Driving Hamilton Heights Development? This Joint is Jumping," Fats Waller said in a musical declaration at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance. "Come in, cats, and check your hats," Waller sang in 1938, "I mean, this joint is jumpin.'" Flash forward about 75 years and the same can now be said of Hamilton Heights, a section of West Harlem that extends from 135th street to 155th, and from the edge of the Hudson River to Edgecombe Avenue. Not too long ago Hamilton was the Heights many New Yorkers could not point to on a map, but that seems less likely now. "If you look at the search word data," Jeff Green, a residential realtor with Bohemia Realty Group, says, "Hamilton Heights is one of the most searched Google words for people looking uptown. So, there is a lot of name recognition in this last year or so—for Hamilton Heights specifically.

 

Tenant advocacy group PA'LANTE Harlem named 'Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit' in nationwide contest

The grassroots group joined more than 1,000 winning nonprofits in the country for the second year in a row, officials said A grassroots group in Harlem has been named a “Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofits in the nation.“It encourages us to do more and to even do better,” said Elsia Vasquez, executive director of PA’LANTE Harlem, which assists renters and low-income homeowners. “It’s kind of like our own score card.”The tenant advocacy group, which received 57 positive reviews, joined more than 1,000 winning nonprofits in the country for the second year in a row, officials said. The award is based on the large number of positive reviews from volunteers, donors and clients. 

 

Rats, Lead and Mold Prompt Rent Strike . Residents at 545 W. 146th St. are on a rent strike against their landlord after years of living with housing hazards. Carousing rats, a dysfunctional elevator, no gas, black mold, lead paint, missing windows, open electrical wiring and leaking pipes. These are just some of the 141 open housing code violations at 545 W. 146th St. Tenants, who began a rent strike in June, recently crammed into the small living room of Isabel Paz, president of the tenant’s association, to launch legal action against landlord Nima Nabavi, head officer of 545 W. 146th St. Inc.  Nabavi appears as Manhattan’s 21st worst landlord, according to Public Advocate Letitia James’s NYC Landlord Watchlist. Over the past several years, the tenants have been trying to find a resolution to the ailing state of the building.

 

Manhattanville Expansion Transforming Housing in West Harlem Sporadic whines from circular saws occasionally break the silence at the Manhattanville expansion project on 125th Street and Broadway. The construction site is almost barren, with only large puddles of water, scattered yellow bulldozers and security posts. The area is almost a ghost town. West 132nd Street, near the northern edge of the tract, is nearly deserted with only one lonely MTA security guard at a parking lot and a former Tuck-It-Away storage facility on Broadway shedding its orange and black paint. A large protest banner on its wall, denouncing the Columbia University expansion, has faded.

 

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PALANTE Harlem, una aliada en la lucha contra caseros abusivos

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WHLDC moves forward with nonprofit grants

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