2000-06-03 / Letters

Tenants Speak Out

Dear Editor;

SHAFT would like to set the record straight regarding the Surfside buildings and the funding for repairs mentioned in the Beachcomber column this past week.

The owners eluded in a letter to the tenants back in March that funding was being obtained and that repairs would be completed within 12-18 months. In good faith, SHAFT recognized the importance of stopping the rent strike. That along with the funding our rent cash flow would enable the landlord to proceed with their repair schedule.

The approval of the funding is delayed because in one of the numerous bankruptcy court documents received since March, the Zukermans outlined that the $11 million loan would be repaid by eliminating the rent reductions the tenants were issued by the DHCR, that all the Major Capital Improvement fees would have to be passed along to the tenants, and the real estate taxes would also have to be passed on to the tenants.

While the city may be looking out for their own interests and concerns, on this issue SHAFT shares their interest and concern. The conditions we face at Surfside are due to the neglect of the owners. The proper yearly maintenance of the exterior of the buildings was not performed creating the deterioration that now needs to be addressed. Obviously, our rents paid through the years didn’t go toward exterior maintenance.

Along with the city, SHAFT does not believe the tenants should foot the bill of the repairs because of the negligence of the owners. We all need to keep in mind that SHAFT formed almost six years ago because of the lack of services and the deterioration of the buildings. We have not come this far and fought so hard with all the agencies and courts to end up paying for years upon years of neglect.


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