From the Daily News:
Frustrated tenants of an East Elmhurst apartment building had planned a rent strike recently because they were fed up with not having a superintendent to make needed repairs.
The residents of 43-43 91st Place had notified the city in September of their plight. Since the landlord still had not hired a super six months later, a housing attorney told them state law barred the landlord from collecting rent.
But there was one problem. Shortly before the strike, tenants learned from the landlord, Vantage Properties, that the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development had quietly issued waivers in December allowing a 24-hour hotline to replace supers in 14 Queens buildings owned by the company.