Worst Landlords Watch List updated

December 27, 2011 2:00:26 PM PST
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced the latest additions and new features to his New York City's 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, we've helped to successfully pressure landlords to improve the safety and living conditions for thousands of New Yorkers," said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. "There is more work to be done, so we're building on this progress by launching new features today that will increase pressure on landlords who refuse to address violations, supply even more helpful information to apartment hunters, and continue to provide residents an outlet to report landlords who fail to follow the law."

New York City's 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, 753 hazardous violations in 5 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 NYC's 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.

The enhanced Watch List is available at: www.landlordwatchlist.com

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