Public advocate Letitia James has rolled out the annual list of the city's 100 worst landlords, based on data gathered from the Department of Buildings and Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The Landlord Watchlist features property owners who have accrued the most violations relative to the number of properties they own. At the top of the list? Bronx landlord Ved Parkash with 2,235 violations spread across 11 buildings and 720 units. Following behind is HDS Funding Co. with 1,482 violations, ELG 1275 LLC. with 1,392 violations, and 1025 Boynton Avenue Realty LLC with 1,263 violations.
The list is intended to boost tenant awareness as well as pressure landlords into making fixes at their properties. But because the list works off of information stored in the system at the DOB and HPD, some hiccups are inevitable. Landlord David Behin was incorrectly pegged on the listfor the second year in a rowafter purchasing a building with many open violations from a state program that transfers buildings to more capable landlords, Crain's says.
The Landlord Watchlist was instituted by Mayor de Blasio in 2010 when he was serving as the city's public advocate. To see the full list, or search by map, head this way.
· Landlord Watchlist [official]
· Public advocate releases annual 'worst landlords' list—with a stumble [Crain's]
· Meet the 10 Worst Landlords In NYC Right Now [Curbed]