We've heard from several current and former tenants of 86 E. Fourth St., the building at Second Avenue that RURU & Associates recently purchased... one resident told us that the new owner and management — ID'd by multiple readers and tipsters as the (Oheb)Shalom family — are declining to offer new leases as current tenant leases expire.
Here's what one now-former tenant shared with us...
Our lease was set to expire on 9/30. Received a notification via certified mail on 9/28 that our lease wasn't being renewed, and we had to move out. Yes, the letter came 2 days before the lease ended. Clearly they couldn't reasonably expect us to be out in 2 days (Have they ever gone apartment hunting in NYC?). And clearly that can't be legal. Well, they gave us a month extension (after the help of a lawyer friend's letterhead being sent to them from us). We understood that we were probably paying below market value for our place, so we offered to pay more, but they did not budge. I don't really think its about individual renovations either, as our apartment had been gut renovated before we moved in, and was still in great shape. Seems like they definitely have plans for that building, and it seems as though they want people out.
Good luck to the remaining tenants in the old building. It was not fun dealing with the new management company. They were clueless and rude. Took multiple days of phone calls and voicemails to finally get in touch with someone.
Meanwhile, someone is slipping notes under doors... here is the text of one...
86 E. 4th Street Tenants Association
Our building is now owned by the notorious Shalom family, known city-wide to seek to empty apartments by harrassing, intimidating, and confusing (and worse!!) tenants. It is important for us to work together, stay informed and stand strong on our own behalf.
1. YOU CAN ONLY BE EVICTED BY ORDER OF A HOUSING COURT JUDGE. The landlord may contact you and tell you that you need to move. Depending on the specifics of your situation, chances are you have the perfect right to stay in your apartment. Do not prepare to move only because the landlord says you must.
2. THE LANDLORD IS NOT ALLOWED TO DEMAND IMMEDIATE ENTRANCE TO YOUR APARTMENT FOR AN "INSPECTION". By law, except in emergency situations such as a leaking pipe, they must make an appointment at least a week in advance. If the landlord or super or other agent knocks and demands entrance, simply politely refuse and ask that the office call you to make an appointment. What they will be looking for when they inspect might include: pet situations, clutter, and unauthorized alterations to the apartment.
3. THE LANDLORD IS NOT ALLOWED TO COLLECT LATE FEES UNLESS THERE IS A CLAUSE IN YOUR LEASE ALLOWING THEM TO DO SO. If late fees or other bogus charges appear on your rent bill, the first thing to do is to read your lease. Chances are there is no clause about late fees, in which case do not pay them! Simply send in your normal rent payment.
4. RE NEW KEY FOR THE FRONT DOOR -- DO NOT GO TO THE LANDLORD'S OFFICE TO PICK IT UP UNTIL WE HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION. Two tenants went to Gatsby Enterprises this week. Both were made to wait. Both were treated very rudely. Both were told there was no new key after all, and the office staff was not clear about when and whether the lock would be changed at all. This is clearly an example of the type of harassment and confusion this landlord will be laying on us.
MORE INFO COMING SOON!!
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