Worst Landlords of 2011

New York City’s Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just announced the latest additions and new features to his New York Citys Worst Landlords Watch List.

There are now 317 landlords listed, and the updated Watch List now tracks whether their violations are on the rise or being repaired. The site, which is featured on Craigslist.org to assist apartment hunters, also includes a new list of 176 buildings recently removed from the Watch List because violations like lead paint, infestations and mold have been addressed.

Since first launching the Watch List, weve helped to successfully pressure landlords to improve the safety and living conditions for thousands of New Yorkers, said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

New York Citys Worst Landlords Watch List now features:

New trend indicators that track whether a landlord is making repairs or racking up new violations

A list of 176 buildings that qualify for removal from the Watch List due to public pressure, tenant organizing and repairs made by landlords and the Department of Housing Preservation & Development.

The current Top 5 Worst Landlords by number of cumulative violations on the Watch List are:

1. — 1071 Home Corp, 1178 hazardous violations in 8 Watch List buildings

2. — Maristanc Corp, 654 hazardous violations in 1 Watch List building

3. — Carroll Place Associates LLC, 577 hazardous violations in Watch List 2 buildings

4. — 2239 Creston Ave Co LLC, 536 hazardous violations in 2 Watch List buildings

5. — Lawrence Price, 485 hazardous violations in 1 Watch List building

All entries on the Watch List have a minimum of two hazardous housing code violations per unit such as lack of heat or hot water, lead paint, toxic mold or broken plumbing. Public Advocate de Blasio launched NYCs Worst Landlords Watch List in 2010 to “shine a spotlight on repeat offenders whose buildings have fallen into dangerous disrepair.”

More than 250,000 visitors have used the Watch List since its launch.

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