Been a while since we've had a reader report from inside one of the new Downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene luxury rental towers. The last time we heard from renters in the Brooklyner, the tallest building in the borough, there were complaints that the roof deck was still not open to tenants. At least they made it inside the building! Read the plight of this Brooklyner renter, in his own words:
Sometime in late June I signed a lease for an apartment at the Brooklyner. They didn't have the TCO for the apartment I looked at, but told me that the application was already in and they'd have it by July 1st. I decided to start the lease by August 1st because it fit into my schedule and I figured I'd be safe. I checked in every few days throughout July to see if they had received the TCO. Everytime I called they told me it was just a few days away and to call back. I think you can see where this is going.
It's now August 5th. When I call they tell me the TCO is going to be ready any hour. They can't even give me any further details about what is going on. My old lease ended on the 1st and new tenants were coming in so I had to move out. I'm on a friend's couch for now. The Brooklyner is not charging me rent, which I suppose is nice, but they are not compensating me for my trouble or providing me with a temporary place to live. I imagine there are other people that are in the same situation as I am and I know they are showing apartments to people and probably feeding them the same false story that they told me.
Perhaps I was foolish to sign a lease that included a rider that described this situation and detailed that they would do pretty much what they are doing if this happened. So yes, shame on me. Still, I feel like the building management have been and are being completely disingenuous about what is happening.
The frustrating part about all of this is that they can't even give me a real timetable about when this will be resolved. I know this sort of thing happens all of the time, but I feel like the Brooklyner is not managing this situation well at all.
So this temporarily homeless renter knew the risks, which is why this rant is a bit more gentle than usual. Any other Brooklyner renters out there going through similar pains? As for when the TCO will arrive, according to a spokesperson for the developer, "all issues have been resolved and all inspections have been made. Issue of TCO is imminent."
· The Brooklyner [Official Site]
· The Brooklyner coverage [Curbed]