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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Another Landlord/Tenant Dispute in the West Bronx

The so-called "home of hip-hop" isn't the only Sedgwick Avenue apartment building in the news this week. According to AM New York, tenants living in 1849 Sedgwick Ave. have bought a class action suit against their landlord who's allegedly failed to correct hundreds of housing code violations, leaving them without heat and forcing them to share their apartments with rats and roaches.

If you missed it, HPD recently decided to close the door on the proposed sale of 1520 Sedgwick Ave. The building, once home to hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc, is part of the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program. (1849 Sedgwick Ave. also used to be enrolled.) Tenants and housing advocates were worried the sale to a wealthy real estate developer - and the building's removal from the program - would result in soaring rents. According to The Times, the sale was scuppered "because the financing of the sale was not viable under current rent restrictions." More here.

In January, tenants announced their intention to buy the building themselves and convert it into affordable co-operatives. Thanks to HPD's decision, that now looks more likely.


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