A resident filled us in on what's happening... Short version: to address leaks, the landlords are sealing up the wall sleeves for air conditioners instead ... and are asking residents to purchase window units (which the landlord will kick in $200 for...)
This development isn't sitting so well with some residents.
There are memos.
First, from the landlord. The following arrived after the sidewalk bridge was up and confusing residents. (Someone already scribbled his or her disapproval on the note.)
We will be removing your Wall AC Unit and seal up the hole that is left. A $200 credit will be given for your purchase of a Window AC Unit. JRC Supers will handle the installation free of charge.
There will be dust and debris from the work performed. Please be sure to keep your windows closed if workers are nearby or if you leave your apartment.
And here is response from a resident (or residents).
If the landlord takes each tenants' AC wall unit away, is not this a reduction in services? Would that not equal a reduction in rent?
How is it we should be asked to keep our windows closed for THREE MONTHS and have our air conditioner (some of us have purchased our own wall units) taken away just as the HOT months of summer are beginning for a mere $200 credit.
Also, is this considered a Major Capital Increase that will benefit the landlord only, and ultimately cause our RENTS to be RAISED?
Anyway, here's how it all might look one day.
Our tipster says that the landlords are pretty cool, and are generally responsive ... It's a good place to live, though this situation is setting up for a long, hot summer at 140-150 E. Seventh St.