Letter to K&R Realty RE: Post Sandy Negligence

November 05, 2012  •  1 Comment

 

Dear K & R Realty, 
 
I am writing this email on behalf of a number of tenants in 394 E 8th Street.  We have a list of questions that we would like for you to answer ASAP and we would also like to let you know that if we do not get proper answers to these questions by 2pm today (Monday, November 5th), we will send out a press release to all major NYC and national media, and local and national government officials. 
 
We are disappointed that the first email we received from K&R in regards to Sandy was on Thursday, November 1st at 2pm, a full 66 hours after our building lost power. Not hearing from our management company in a time of crisis until 66 hours after we have lost power is unacceptable, and further demonstrates your negligence.
 
Furthermore, our building got flooded with Irene last summer. Knowing that our building is prone to flooding from these storms, precautionary measures should have been taken for Sandy, which every major news outlet reported was a much bigger storm than Irene at least 5 days before the storm. By not taking any precautionary measures, this further demonstrates your negligence. 
 
In regards to the most recent email sent by K&R, it is not specified if power has been restored to the units and if we have heat and hot water, in order to make the units livable. 
 
In addition: 
 

1) 394 E 8th St was not the only building flooded on the area: but why we are the last building on our street not working

2) The building is not only damaged but it is not at all habitable. There is no power, no light, no heating (outside temperatures are extremely cold right now) and no water. It is forbidden to use the toilet, as we were told by a sign on the front door, or else the building would flood again. These conditions are far from calling the building a residential apartment.  We cannot live inside at all. We do not have even the minimum basic utilities we need to live there. 

3) There is a terrible smell inside the entire building which makes it difficult to breath. One tenant had an asthma attack on Saturday.  This shows that the quality of the building is not safe and poses serious health risks.  These smells and vapors evidently come from the basement, which need to immediately be cleaned, dried, and fixed by a cleaning company.  

4) Until today, Monday, we have not received any significant information about WHEN the building will be habitable again. Furthermore, the last email from K&R contradicts your previous email which stated that we would have power by and living conditions by Monday or Tuesday.


This demonstrates clear evidence that the management company has no idea about the situation at hand and is not taking it seriously enough to repair the damages. 
 
5) After the power went out on Monday night, the back-up emergency sign and lights were working.  However, by early Tuesday morning the emergency lights stopped working.  This is a clear violation of federal and city laws regarding emergency lights. 

6) Thus it seems evident that there has been evident negligence on behalf of K&R in the entire process of taking care of the building and its inhabitants before and after Sandy.

For all of these above reasons, we demand clear answers from the management company about when we can expect to move back into our buildings. Furthermore, we will not pay rate from the day the power has been restore in the area (Friday 2nd November) until the day that we receive power and living conditions in the building. We demand that our rate be prorated. 
 
In addition, since the health conditions of the building appear to be serious, we will call this to the attention of the authorities of NYC Department of Housing and the NYC Health Department to verify the habitability of the building.

In conclusion, we are still waiting to be informed of the specific date to move into the building, after all the health and safety requirements have been fulfilled by the management company according to the law. Furthermore, if by 2pm on Monday, November 5th, we do not have an answer from K&R,  we will release a press release and make this a public matter by stating that K&R has neglected all the inhabitants and the building in the aftermath of Sandy.  

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