Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Crummy landlord living in style
From the Daily News:
THE KING OF the Goldfarb real estate empire lives in a 3,400-square-foot mansion on a leafy suburban cul-de-sac, miles from the Bronx apartment building he owns where fire escapes were removed and tenants last week found themselves homeless.
Phillip Goldfarb occasionally jets off to his luxury beachfront condo in Hollywood, Fla., but he also spends much of his time answering hundreds of code violations that his buildings rack up in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.
Goldfarb caught the city’s attention last week when he sought to close out several such violations at 2400 Webb Ave., in the Bronx. Instead, Housing Preservation & Development inspectors who showed up discovered all the fire escapes had been removed from the building.
HPD slapped Goldfarb with even more violations and the city ordered all 200 tenants out of their apartments until the problem is solved.
But long before the fire escape debacle, Goldfarb’s 14 city buildings were already catching flak from agencies that are supposed to keep housing in the city safe.
In the last decade, these buildings have amassed 307 building code violations. They currently have 226 open housing code violations as well.