Public Advocate Watchlist Of New York City’s Worst Landlords Now Accessible Via Craigslist

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Apartment seekers have a new tool to help them avoid making an expensive mistake.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: A New Tool For The Public

The public advocate’s office online “2.0” list of NYC’s Worst Landlords is now easily accessible to people seeking an apartment on Craigslist.

Craigslist has posted a link to the list at the top of their apartment listings.

The list names each landlord and lists their total number of housing code violations. Violations vary severity, and include classes A-C and I. Class A violations are minor and include things like small leaks or lack of proper signage. Class B are moderate violations, including insufficient lighting in public areas or removal of vermin. Class C are considered immediately hazardous, like the presence of lead-based paint, lack of heat and hot water and so on. Class I violations are ones in which a judge has already ordered a correction.

By clicking on the name of a landlord on the list, you can see via a Google map where that landlord’s building is located. The list also includes the total number of violations.

Lisa Dreshaj currently tops the lists, with 2047 total infractions, including 656 class c violations.

The list is also sortable by borough.

Is this list a good idea? Useful? Do landlords face an impossible job in New York? Do tenants always get a raw deal? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • Elaine

    Jimmy: That is a really dumb and biased comment and follows the scandal mongers in the media. If you hate landlords to much, don’t be a renter. You think paying rent for services and expenses in keeping up your apartment is not legitimate. Try keeping up a house, just your own with no tenants. You will run right back to renting You expect landlords who are trying to run a business. to support you. Why are you entitled to that? Running a building should be considered a business.. It is very hard work and stressful. New York City and State have made us a charity without any of the tax benefits inherent in charities. .Real estate taxes go up EVERY year. Our so called representatives play both sides of that.and they know this. Whenever the city is short of money, they raise real estate taxes as , no one will object. Then they fight to keep rents low to please the voters. Best way to destroy the so-called middle class housing they claim to support. The system is a bad joke, first on the landlords but also on the tenants who do not see the eventual outcome of these policies.

  • The Good Samaritan

    Craigslist has no right posting the names of the landlords.

    This a violation of their civil rights.

    It also violaated the privacy act. The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  • Jenn

    It does not matter if a credit check is done or not, or their occupation. Our worse tenant was a Property Manager for several apartment complexes. She left the place a total mess which by the way when we were cleaning up included a dead feret, 4 dead turtles…discusting. I agree with a landlord black list. They should also have one for tenants.

  • E ayuso

    landlords sometimes take advantage of tenans, tenands take advantages of landlords and back and forth. but if you don;t have hot water and heat , them is a problem, health concerns that need to be taking care of. people can become very ill with pulmonary deceases lead paint and bugs. I aggred with john with the tenants, some of them destroy the buildings pee on the elevators graffity all over. we need to take care were you live as well as the landlords should take care the tenants.

  • Erica

    Bad Tenants are a HUGE problem in NY. Tenants have too much power in NY state. Many make a career of working the system knowing it’ll take 6 months or more for a landlord to evict – rent free the entire time! There’s no balance! BTW TRISH – a credit check doesn’t tell the whole story.

  • jtorres

    I’ve lived in poor neighborhoods all my life and my mother was a much-loved tenant: she rarely complained, paid her rent on time, was quiet and clean. True, some neighbors were problematic but that was no excuse for the constant lack of heat and/or hot water. Sometimes for weeks at a time, sometimes all winter. For waiting eight years to have her apartment painted. For the 10 years of a broken lock on the front door of a supposed “secure building” Some landlords in poor neighborhoods take advantage because they know their tenants have no recourse. They can’t afford to move and their complaints fall on deaf ears. 656 class C violations in one building? I doubt the tenants brought those on themselves and maybe if they knew beforehand, they wouldn’t have moved there in the first place

  • EricM

    What about a listing of “The Worst Tenants”? There are people who make a life out of being deadbeats, dragging landlords through the court system for months and years without paying rent. Landlords should have access to THAT list.

  • Jimmy

    Landlords have been the scourge of mankind since the beginning of time.

  • John

    I think that Landlords should compile a list of the worst tenants and post it on Craigslist. The criteria could include late rent payments, complaints from neighbors, lack of cleanliness causing roaches and other bug investations, damage to the apartments, noisy pets, etc. Let’s make the playing field even. Why should tenants have all the power? I think landlords, for the most part, get a bad rap.

    • Trish

      Landlords already have a tool. They do not rent until they do a credit check.

    • Bad Tenants Are the Problem

      Agreed and I am not a landlord myself. Most problems stem from the tenant and they don’t even realize it themselves.

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