The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development created a program called the Housing Development Fund Corporation, or HDFC, where residents of co-ops can take ownership from negligent landlords, after getting trained on how to run the building. According to DNAinfo, 33 of those buildings made Public Advocate Letitia James' list of the worst landlords of 2015.
"None of these buildings are supposed to be on this list," Elsia Vasquez, a housing advocate, told DNAinfo. "The fact that they are calling 311 on themselves is appalling because at the end of the day these co-ops are supposed to sustain themselves but instead they are giving themselves all of these violations."
Some say training was inadequate, leading residents to call 311 on their own building, leading to violations, leading to being on the list. HPD is considering steps to improve training. Among the Manhattan properties on the public advocate's list is the Windermere, at 400 West 57th Street. It hasn't had a tenant since 2009 and has been encased by scaffolding and netting since at least 2008.
· Public Advocate Puts 33 Self-Governing Co-ops on Worst Landlord List [DNAinfo]
· Long-Empty 57th St. Building Included on Tish James' 'Worst Landlord' List [DNAinfo]
· City's 100 Worst Landlords Identified on 2015 Watchlist [Curbed]
· Landlord Watchlist [Official]