My boyfriend and I moved out of our apartment because the plumbing broke in our building post-Sandy, and no one in the building had bathroom or shower facilities for a week. Our landlord refused to respond to calls or texts about the situation, other than to say, "Stop harassing me." We had to call the city to get the situation fixed, and when the 311 inspector came he found a gazillion violations: heat under 58 degrees in the winter, lots of mold, lack of carbon monoxide detector, lack of fire detector, hazardous tiles in the bathroom, in addition to the obvious, that no one could use the bathroom or shower because sewage would come up in the 1st and 3rd floor bathtubs.
Our landlord hired Greenpoint Properties to re-rent the apartment after we moved out, and they accepted his business! We informed Mr. and Mrs. Wolski of our landlord's negligence. They could have just thought we were disgruntled tenants, but they had to know for sure that we were telling the truth upon visiting the apartment building. There is a city violation docket on the front door of our old building that is required by law to stay there.
Just so you know, this business works with negligent landlords. Make sure to check the 311 complaint history of any apartment they try to show you. Or try to find a broker with more integrity.
Or better yet, go for an entirely different neighborhood. if you are hellbent on living on Greenpoint, you should know that there is an unusually high concentration of negligent (and we later found out, racist) landlords here.
by Marissa T.