The five worst landlords of NYC and a peek at the apartments they oversee. And you want to move there?

This is how bad things have gotten for Minarda Pimental because of her  nightmare landlord — she has to barricade her refrigerator at night to keep rats  at bay.

It’s no overreaction — the fridge has the bite marks to prove the vermin  tried gnawing their way into Pimental’s provisions….

And for the Bronx resident — whose landlord was rated by Public Advocate Bill  de Blasio as the worst in the city — the problems don’t end there.

“It’s very bad. I have chronic asthma, and the dust (from peeling paint)  makes it worse, and the rats and cockroaches make it worse, too,” the  57-year-old said, completely fed up. She said she was hospitalized for four days  in April for asthma treatment.

The conditions in her Mt. Eden building, and in two neighboring buildings  also owned by Eli Abbott’s College Management, led to so many housing code  violations that the landlord jumped to the top of de Blasio’s slumlord watch  list, which now ranks 330 bad landlords and 360 buildings.

Pimental and other tenants have made a blitz of complaints, bemoaning the  brazen rats; ceilings collapsing from water damage; walls and floors with gaping  holes; lead paint; no smoke alarms; and peeling paint flecked with mold in grimy  hallways. The three buildings, with 21 apartments each, have a total of 724  violations with the city — catapulting Abbott’s company to the top of the watch  list, from No. 7 in December. That’s an average of 11 violations per  apartment.


Richard Harbus for New York Daily News

Minarda Pimental and other tenants have made a litany of complaints about  rats, collapsing ceilings and gaping holes in their units.

“He doesn’t respect the tenants. He doesn’t have any regard for our  dignity,” Pimental said.

Her neighbor, Lucy Sanchez, 66, got so tired of the landlord’s inattention  to the leaky ceiling in her bathroom that she had to pay to fix it herself. “I  spent three years sitting on the toilet with an umbrella,” said Sanchez, whose  apartment still has a sink that has fallen out of the wall and floor-to-ceiling  cracks in the walls.


Richard Harbus for New York Daily News

Decrepit conditions are common for residents.

Residents, furious that complaints never led to repairs unless paid for by  the city, sued the landlord in June in Bronx Housing Court, asking for him to be  stripped of control of the buildings and replaced by a court-appointed  administrator.

Reached by the Daily News, Abbott claimed that “all the conditions have been  corrected.” Informed that a reporter had observed that the buildings still had  glaring problems, he said: “Are you a housing inspector? Are you qualified to  determine violations?” He then hung up.

Susanna Blankley, director of housing organizing at Community Action for  Safe Apartments, backed the tenants.

“It’s obviously only getting worse,” she said of the conditions. Abbott put  the three buildings up for sale, asking $5 million for the trio. That sparked  fears he’d sell to a speculator who would try to force the tenants out.

“You don’t make it to the top of our watch list overnight. We are talking  about years of neglect, and now tenants could lose their homes altogether,” de  Blasio said. “The landlord and the banks have let this situation worsen for long  enough. The tenants deserve a chance to run these buildings.”

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development has spent more  than $25,000 on emergency repairs at the buildings; the landlord has repaid all  but $365 of that, a spokesman said. The agency brought its own court cases  against Abbott, settling two for $8,200 and getting court orders to correct the  problems. The third case is pending.


Richard Harbus for New York Daily News

Dominga Sanchez shows how the ceiling in her building is falling  apart.

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