I'm looking for anyone experienced with landlord problems to provide any advice on my (and fellow tenants) situation:
Basically the landlord for my building neglects our building and apartments. It's a >6 unit building in the heart of PH. During the recent storms, the stoop was never shoveled or iced. The garbage area never shoveled or iced. The common areas of the building are not cleaned or swept. All creating dangerous and just lousy issues for the tenants. These were just the most recent issues. Apartment conditions decay - leaks, mold, rodents - and no one fixes anything despite repeated contact with landlord and supers. We had two supers fired over past couple months. Our front door was broken for a year allowing anyone to enter the building. When the supers are notified of these issues, they say they will come fix it and rarely/never show up - seemingly in many instances bc the landlord told them not to spend the money to fix the issues. If the landlord is notified of these issues, the landlord often becomes combative, telling us to buy our own salt for the stoop or to move out if we don't like the building. She has verbally berated more than one tenant including myself.
What is the best approach to dealing with this? I've begun to organize a few tenants and capturing their issues alongside my own. Do we form a tenant org? Withhold rent? Call 311? Go to PACC? Department of Housing? Talk to the block association (this building in many ways becomes a block blight)? Some of us have been here for many years bc we like this neighborhood and have kind of suffered through and dealt with the issues - many tenants are new and cycle through like a revolving door.
I just feel like landlords can get away with anything and at the end of the day moving is the only option but it just seems so unfair. This landlord also seems to "get off" on these sort of confrontations. I'm unsure how to proceed or advise my fellow tenants. Any help would be appreciated.