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Rent Wars: Bronx Building has 902 Violations, 1 Lawsuit

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Landlords are trying to derail the Tenant Protection Act, which allows tenants to sue property owners for negligence, but if that were to happen, how would we find out about crazy cases like the one at 806 East 175th Street in East Tremont, Bronx, NY? The five-story building has racked up an astounding 902 open DOB violations, including 265 deemed "immediately hazardous." That's nearly 21 violations per apartment, according to the Curbed HQ abacus. Collapsed ceilings, water leaks and moldy walls are popular complaints, and a couple dozen tenants filed suit on Tuesday in Bronx Housing Court against the building's owners. Attorneys are asking for the judge to appoint an independent administrator to take over the property and make repairs before turning it back over to the current building manager, Ocelot Properties Management. Ocelot currently manages three other Bronx properties on the city's list of the 200 worst buildings, quite possibly the only New York City real estate list where 15 Central Park West isn't ranked #1, unless there's something they're not telling us. A lawyer for the building's owners said his clients have been making and repairs, and, "Any claim that they're [complaints] being ignored is materially false."
· Frustrated residents sue owners [NYDN]