Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Bklyn Landlord trouble

Dailynews: Brooklyn woman who stopped Monday's Rent Guidelines Board meeting by yelling she has no hot water in her apartment wasn't telling the half of it: Her building has 335 outstanding housing violations. During a visit yesterday to 546 Bainbridge St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Daily News found....the landlord, Abraham Sofer, has been cited for violations including a lack of hot water, and rampant rats and roaches. Yesterday, The News also saw a foot of backed-up sewer water stagnating in the basement. The city's Housing Preservation and Development Department has already done $31,000 in emergency repairs to the three-story building and may have to step in again, agency spokesman Neill Coleman said.........Sofer did not return repeated calls for comment. Superintendent Joe Schwartz, reached on his cell phone, said he visits the building regularly and defended conditions there. "I fix everything in the building," said Schwartz. "This landlord is a very good landlord."
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