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Tenants who live in the building are being offered buyouts, but are realizing that -even though it may be more money than they have ever had- it is not in their long term interests to take it.http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2014/05/tenants-in-bed-stuy-crown-heights-refuse-buyout-offers/I am all for people fully asserting their rights.
By: Ian Marsh
Marcia McLean is a hard-working health-care professional who lives with her extended family in the same Crown Heights apartment that she’s occupied for nearly 30 years. Her landlord had been trying to convince her to accept a cash buyout and relocate to another apartment the landlord would find for her in a less desirable neighborhood.
She refused the offer last year, but agreed to move out temporarily while her apartment was renovated. When she tried to move back in last October, the landlord had changed the lock, saying the repairs were yet to be done, she says.
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BCB Realty, which only bought the building in 2013, is offering buyouts to long-term tenants while at the same time failing to adequately maintain the apartments of long term residents, according to Weaver.
Betty Rice, a tenant at 1059 Union St., complained of the condition of her apartment and the building in general. She says workers had done shoddy repairs on her apartment, there were problems with heat and hot water, and bells in her building didn't work. Even the new tenants who paid higher rent came to tenant association meetings and complained, according to Rice. BCB offered her a buyout, but she did not even consider negotiating a price, as she would not be able to stay in the neighborhood with even a five-figure buyout, she says."
If she ever changes her mind, I hope the buyout is still available. I'd hate for her to turn down a buy out only to be evicted a months from now because she got behind on rent. Now that there are "better" tenants waiting to replace her, the LLs won't hesitate to pursue eviction.
I predict others will pursue her eviction.
If 1059 Union is also known as 835 Franklin Ave...then prepare to be amazed.http://streeteasy.com/building/1059-union-street-brooklyn/1b$3850/month for a renovated 4-bedroom.
Although this article describe it as 1059 President, they are talking about 1059 Union:http://thebrooklynink.com/2014/08/28/54037-crown-heights-the-good-the-bad-and-the-buyouts/
I thought these articles were funny, considering one is saying that the tenants just won a victory over a slumlord, while said slumlord cites that particular building as their biggest victory....all depends on how you define victories I suppose....http://www.workers.org/articles/2015/01/13/crown-heights-brooklyn-no-heat-no-peace/
Take the vacant storefronts back from the landlords??? And do what with them !!??