Questioning the Rent History at 143 Ludlow; 2 More Longtime Tenants Evicted

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 at 9:30 am by
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That slap on the wrist naturally didn’t do much to deter the illegal luxury conversion at 143 Ludlow Street. You’ll recall that building owner (and Lower East Side BID board member) Samy Mahfar, amongst other alleged transgressions, constructed a rooftop addition allegedly against city code. His actions were widely reported in the hyperlocal media.

The now-seven-story tenement at 143 Ludlow has been capped for almost a year, and its ground level retail spaces completely cleared and upscaled. You would have no idea anything had happened here, especially those unsuspecting newcomer tenants who are paying way more than they should.

Note the updated apartment numbers, which, as we previously pointed out, was a sly trick allegedly employed to cause confusion and help deregulate rents. The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (“DHCR“) has no way of tracking the shift, so when a new tenant checks rent history of their new digs, the updated number is not completely in the system. That seems to be what happened here. Subsequent real estate listings seek a pretty penny for the renovated units. Practices that are difficult to battle with the bureaucracy.

For instance, the 3BR apartment #1 now rents for $6,412; before the address tomfoolery, it rented for $375. Similarly, apartment #22 previously rented for $700; now known as PHB, it rents for $4,595. The math for new rent doesn’t add up (see here for calculation method). Even if new renters want to take it up with the DHCR, there’s still a caveat. Those occupants affected only have a year from the date of lease sign to battle the amount.

And in other 143 Ludlow news, two more longtime rent stabilized tenants were apparently evicted from the premises last week. They had been living in the building since then mid-1980s. Marshal’s notices are taped to the front door.

The battle continues.

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