NEW YORK – New York City Public Defender Jumane D. Williams shared the 2022 Worst Landlord Watchlist – naming the 100 most negligent landlords in the city, as determined by the conditions of their buildings.
The first spot on the list belongs to Jonathan Santana, a landowner who owns 15 properties, which made him into this year’s list.
This year’s list found housing violations at properties owned by the worst landlords are at the highest levels in the list’s history, and conditions continue to worsen despite average rents in the city rising dramatically in recent years . In the list, there were a staggering 69,018 violations, which is almost 30% more than in 2021.
Santana committed an average of 2,980 open violations across the 15 buildings on the watch list – the most violations of any owner in the list’s history and more than double the average of last year’s worst offender.
Public Defender Williams shared the list Tuesday morning of an average of more than 300 violations in front of two Santana Washington Heights properties, where tenants addressed heat and hot water outages, rodent infestation issues and infrastructure collapse.
Without a superintendent to maintain the property, tenants are forced to pay and make repairs.
“The cost of housing has gone up and the quality of housing has gone down across the city. Rents are becoming unaffordable and conditions are becoming unfit,” Williams said. “The only explanation is that landlords put profits before people and prefers to circumvent or repeal housing laws to enforce them. To address the specific situations threatening the well-being of tenants in these buildings, and the general trends fueling this crisis across the city, we must meet this crisis with strong rules and real consequences. That means the city needs to drop bogus arguments from bad actors and invest more resources in law enforcement, not cut back on what we have.”
Rents have skyrocketed citywide this year, with median rents in Manhattan topping $5,000 and median rents in all five boroughs set to rise 20% for one-bedroom units over the past three years and 30% through 2021, according to a recent study. Used to be. ,
At the same time that rents were rising, so was the average number of housing violations filed with the Department of Housing Protection and Development (or HPD, for its abbreviation in English). The total number of average violations on the list was up by nearly 30% this year. In the top 10, the increase was 44%. And the worst landlord on this year’s list, Santana, had 106% more moving-in violations on average than the worst landlord in 2021.
Here are the five worst individual landlords in New York City for 2022:
- Johnathan Santana, 2,980 open HPD violations on average
- Brian Ritter, 1,816 open HPD violations on average
- David Tenenbaum, 1,647 open HPD violations on average
- Sima Abdavis, 1,444 open HPD violations on average
- Jacob Bittricker, 1,404 open HPD violations on average
Despite attempts by many landlords to artificially inflate vacancy rates in an effort to circumvent tenant protections and further increase their profits, buildings are becoming increasingly dilapidated.
The Public Defender is seeking a legislative solution to the issues presented in the list. This December, the City Council heard the first of two bills in the Worst Landlord Responsibility Act, Intro 583, legislation that would require HPD to certify improvements list, and prohibit any registered property owner from certifying improvements for violations Will do without checking.
Williams directed New Yorkers to LandlordWatchlist.com as well as his office text line, 833-933-1692, to find out if their landlord is listed, how to report violations, and settle tenants. How to access resources to do and get help.