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Roaches, Bed Bugs And Rats Plague Rent-Controlled BK Buildings

Patch logo Patch 2 days ago Kathleen Culliton
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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Tenants of roach-infested, rat-ridden Brooklyn homes have united to demand the city appoint a trustee to take over buildings run by a bankrupt nonprofit, according to the Legal Aid Society.

Residents of 12 rent-controlled Brooklyn buildings went to Bankruptcy Court Wednesday morning to testify against the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation, the nonprofit they blame for decades of foul conditions in their homes.

The nonprofit's three management companies — Park Monroe HDFC, Northeast Brooklyn Partnership LP, and 984-988 Green Avenue HDFC — were supposed to maintain their buildings in Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Brownsville and Crown Heights, residents said.

But tenants report the companies did little as their ceilings collapsed, mold traveled up the walls, rats scurried along the floors, roaches scuttled through the pipes and bed bugs nestled in their belongings.

Residents also report broken doors that meant anyone could wander into their buildings, blocked fire exits and lead paint.

The tenants' plea for oversight comes months after the city foreclosed on the 12 buildings — 671 Halsey St. and 984 Greene Ave. in Bed-Stuy; 1350 Park Place in Crown Heights; 180 Grafton St., 477 Saratoga Ave., 249-251 and 257 Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brownsville; and 399 and 403 Kosciuszko St. in Bushwick — for the owner's failure to pay its Housing Preservation and Development-backed mortgages, according to the Legal Aid Society.

Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation CEO Jeffery Dunston was named Second Worst Landlord in New York City by the Public Advocate's office in 2018, and its three management companies have racked up more than 850 housing violations, according to Legal Aid.

The nonprofit filed for bankruptcy in February, halting the foreclosure case and other claims, such as tenants requests for repairs, according to the Legal Aid Society.

Patch reached out to NEBHDCO for comment and will update this story upon response.

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