Monday, December 22, 2008
Liening on slumlords
The landlords of 113 crumbling Brooklyn buildings have refused to make repairs, which has forced the city to spend more than $4 million on the fixes.
The 113 dwellings made the city's list of the 200 worst apartment buildings across New York - and they are still in bad shape, said officials and the unlucky tenants.
HPD spokesman Seth Donlin said landlords will have to reimburse the city for the work.
He conceded it takes time to collect the money, but insisted the city usually gets back 90 cents for every dollar spent on emergency repairs because HPD places a lien on those properties.
Brooklyn landlords refuse to repair buildings