WRITTEN BY ERIS DOBLE
Public Advocate Leticia James released her annual 100 Worst Landlords Watchlist for 2016. The database consists of the names of the worst landlords in all five boroughs of New York City.
Landlords were ranked based on the number of Department of Buildings (DOB) violations and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) violations that their buildings received.
The list aims to shame landlords into improving the living conditions in their buildings. “Every New Yorker deserves a safe and decent place to live, and every apartment must meet basic standards of decency,” James said in a press release.
The Watchlist was created by Mayor de Blasio in 2010, when he was a Public Advocate, to ensure tenants are informed about the property owner’s violations of the law and hold them accountable of their actions.
Mayor de Blasio stated, “It helps us enforce our laws and, ultimately, ensure that landlords provide the safe and decent homes New Yorkers are entitled to.”
He continued, “Public Advocate James has done an excellent job as she focuses on and improves this tool, and I look forward to continue working with her as we protect affordable housing throughout our City.”
For the first time, DOB violations—rather than DOB complaints—were listed. The list for this year also includes information from the DOF. This allows users to identify buildings with unpaid debts sold in New York City’s annual tax lien sale in the two years that passed.
This Watchlist gives tenants and New Yorkers the benefit of knowing the data to avoid these landlords.