Thank You National Apartment Association. I will do my best to get this very important information out ASAP to numerous owners, investors, huge property management companies (e.g., Riverstone Residential), attorneys, and judges, AND, of course, to the MANY people who are currently living in MOLD-INFESTED APARTMENT COMPLEXES right now! katy
By Ivan Pereira
May 20, 2010
The city came to the aid of 37 homeowners living in a neglected Jamaica apartment building last week and is seeking more penalties against the owners for leaving tenants with decrepit homes.
On May 12, a New York City Housing Court Judge ordered the owners of 88-22 Parsons Blvd., New York Affordable Housing Associates III LLC, Chaim Kirshenbaum and Avi Feder to correct nearly 130 outstanding city Department of Buildings violations issued against the building since May 2009, according to a representative from the city Department of Housing Preservation & Development, which filed the motion on behalf of the tenants.
Eric Bederman, a spokesman for the agency, said numerous tenants of the six-story building have complained that serious problems in their apartments have gone unnoticed and unresolved despite the severity of the damage.
“The violations range from mold in the bathroom to loose plaster tiles and broken shower stalls,” he said.
In addition to the order, the judge fined the landlords $6,500 in civil penalties for failing to resolve the DOB violations. Kirshenbaum and Feder could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.
HPD is not finished with the owners, who have had responsibility over the 37-unit building since December 2007, records from the city Department of Finance show. Bederman said the agency has filed a civil suit in Housing Court against New York Affordable Housing that seeks undisclosed civil penalties for nine violations in four apartments.
The violations included defects such as “defective faucets in bathtubs, mold on bathroom walls and roof leaks,” according to the spokesman.
“It’s been a while [since they responded], which is why we’ve filed,” the spokesman said.
Tenants have complained about the decrepit conditions for years. The building’s tenants, who have been led by longtime resident Amy Anderson, dealt with heavy shakes back in 2007 that were caused by nearby construction.
The shakes also contributed to the damage, according to Anderson.
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information on Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana continuing to allow tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of mold toxins
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in