Unfortunately two roommates and I have moved into 531 west 143rd street apt. 5C with no knowledge nor any warning of bed bugs in the apartment. We have been there since January 2011. We have been dealing with this problem for months now. I myself have thrown out furniture, replaced it, as well as treated the apartment out of pocket. Each my roommates and I have tried contacting the management company "Chestnut Holdings of New York" over and over again with little or no communication back what so
We have repeatedly, for months, on several occasions tried contacting them by e-mail, letters in the mail, and phone calls. Still, no response. When we do get a response, its no help at all. Three different people, of three different branches of the company we have contacted, and still nothing. The Legal department, The property manager, and the field manager.
This has been extremely frustrating to say the least. We are forced to take more drastic actions, and go to court.
If you also have bedbugs in your apartment PLEASE call 311 and report it to HPD. Also, check the HPD website regularly for status of your complaint.
Make sure to WRITE DOWN your complaint number. The city does issue violations with hefty fines to landlords who do not comply.
Please note, you HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUBSIDE YOUR RENT and SUE the Landlord. See Warranty of Habitability for state of NY below.
WARRANTY OF HABITABILITY
ants are entitled to a livable, safe and sanitary apartment. Lease provisions inconsistent with this right are illegal. Failure to provide heat or hot water on a regular basis, or to rid an apartment of insect infestation are examples of a violation of this warranty. Public areas of the building are also covered by the warranty of habitability. The warranty of habitability also applies to cooperative apartments, but not to condominiums. Any uninhabitable condition caused by the tenant or persons under his direction or control does not constitute a breach of the warranty of habitability. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the tenant to remedy the condition. (Real Property Law §235-b)
If a landlord breaches the warranty, the tenant may sue for a rent reduction. The tenant may also withhold rent, but in response, the landlord may sue the tenant for non-payment of rent. In such a case, the tenant may counter sue for breach of the warranty.
This building has bedbugs and the landlord refuses to treat them. We paid (out of pocket) for an exterminator to come three times and every time, they returned. We were told that they were a problem throughout the building, and that because the building wasn't being exterminated all at once, they would just continue to return over and over again.
Otherwise a great building, but this problem has been around for quite some time and shows no signs of subsiding.
investigator on 06/16/2010
apartment 5C has bedbugs
Christine T. on 06/14/2010
I found 2 bedbugs in my apt on June 12th, 2010. In apt 5A. I killed them and now I am reading that this building is infested. AN Shell Realty rented this apt to me (a 4 BR, 2 br apt for $1900). Now I know why it was so cheap. Thieves!
juliana bryant on 04/12/2010
This building is infected with bedbugs. Apartments on the 6th, 5th, 4th and 1st floor. The management company is not addressing the issue.