We are writing to you after one of the most devastating storms in New York City’s
history. While most of our tenants were largely unaffected by the storm, those of you receiving this letter had to endure a lack of electricity, heat, hot water, and, in some cases, cold water as well. Many of you were lucky enough to have friends and family who could provide you with shelter during this time. Others were able to find hotel rooms. Some of our residents had nowhere to go aside from a city shelter. Regardless of your specific situation, we want to express our sympathy for all that you went through last week.
As we’re sure you know, all of your building superintendents remained onsite for the duration of the blackout. They did an amazing job making sure that the buildings remained secure and checking in on all of our tenants, especially those who are elderly or infirmed. They continued doing their jobs with a great attitude and exceeded our expectations in every way.
In addition to the supers, we know that many of you checked in on your neighbors during this time. Some of you even invited your neighbors over to your homes. Because of your empathy for others, you are helping to build real communities within your buildings. We thank you for your good humor and good spirits during a tough time.
While we recognize that there are plenty of people who are far worse off than you, we wanted to do our own small part to compensate you for the headache caused by the storm. On your December rent bill, you will see that we have abated your rent for the period of time that your building was without power. For 229 East 12th Street, 339-345 East 12th Street, 75-81 Orchard Street, and 101 Avenue D, your rent will be abated for 5 days. For 201-207 West 11th Street, your rent will be abated for 6 days.
We hope that you are all comfortably back in your homes and back to your normal routines. We also hope that all of your friends and family members are safe and sound.
Dermot Realty Management Company
Anyone else care to share how his or her landlord is handling the days without power? I've heard from a few tenants who said their landlord is doing something similar to the above. I've also heard from tenants who don't even think their landlord realized that there was a hurricane...
Meanwhile, Curbed has a handy, post-Sandy when-you-should-pay-rent guide right here.