Wednesday, November 09, 2005

fundamental question...

how is it that someone can own an apartment building, with apartments that he/she is collecting rent on, and not maintain the building? how does this situation go on and on and on forcing poor people to live in decripit buildings filled with lead paint, rats, and roaches? i just read 2 articles in the times that describe the 'horrors' of where someone was living as a backdrop to their crime or situation. why can't this be more aggressively patrolled? If you own a building and cannot pay to maintain it then sell the building. ask the city for help but don't do nothing. This infuriates me. It seems like NYC could really make a bunch of money fining landlords and repossessing buildings that are not up to snuff, yes? Why are these buildings owners not assuming responsibilty? Because they are corporations? Who do i write to? I feel another letter coming on.

11 comments:

fairy butler said...

my other question is: if a building is repossessed by the bank for nonpayment of mortgage why is it that said building will inevitably be boarded up - broken in to - squatted in until there is a fire - then boarded up again - then piles of tires and abandoned garbage will accumulate.? why is it not the bank's responsiblity to maintain the property?

There is a building on my street a block or so down that was repossessed or something. the daycare was forced to close (great idea) and then it has laid fallow now for over a year. there is a for sale sign but the front of the building has been piled high with debris, construction garbage, and i literally saw a women take a shit in there one day. seriously. so - this morning - i see that the department of health has been sent out to clear the area. there is a team there. which is great. but why is it the city's responsibility?

Sometimes I think that the majority of problems in our society stem from people not taking responsibility for their own shit. People are such fucking babies. I am out of here.

fairy butler said...

arthur, did you notice the collection of 'cloaked' abandoned tires today on the walk o piles?

I watched a dude from the bodega this morning empty the store's garbage can into one of the tin 'park' cans. just brazenly doing it. i considered calling and reporting the store but that is crazy, right? Tirade. i have to stop posting on my own post now.

krixfort said...

It makes no sense FB. The landlords would certainly never live in the conditions in which some of their buildings are kept. WHy should their tenants be expected to put up with it?

Mountain Man said...

It's the huge spread between extreme wealth and extreme horror poverty that is so sad in this city. If you could write another letter FB, I am sure it would make a shred of difference.

fairy butler said...

i am considering pouring my heart out to bloomberg directly. weird maybe, but i have broken the seal with writing to previous folks in gov't recently and don't care. i will outline my plans on how to help this city. really, there is nothing worse than a slumlord i am thinking. it is dispicable. dispicable. I am not asking for perfect buildings but just reasonable. enfore reasonable. i guess there do exist horrible tenants who just suck ass but this has to be a small percentage?

AlsoArthur said...

"Why are these buildings owners not assuming responsibilty?"

because they dont have to. because they don't live there. because they don't care. because they think the races in their buildings are subhuman. because they are often racist scum.

callous slumlordism is a way of life. aren't you proud to be an american?

fairy butler said...

but why isn't their neglect punished? if you buy something defective at the store you can take it back for a refund. is it just bueacracy (can't spell this) or fear or what?

fairy butler said...

This is a serious issue, building neglect in tipping point fashion leads to more crime, more health problems (lead paint, asthma), which costs everyone. why can't people be fair and help eachother? i mean, i understand, that not everyone can be at the top in our capitalist society but this seems morally wrong to let a building fall so low. the people need to rise up.

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