Worst landlord in the Bronx

The award for the worst landlord in the Bronx goes to… 1071 Home Corp.

Being home for the holidays is not a happy experience for tenants of this company’s eight buildings.

Problems like pests, a lack of safety, and delayed repairs are among the litany of woes that this landlord’s mostly Latino tenants endure. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has announced additional landlords on the watch list, which includes 317 building owners whose violations are increasing or are in the process of being fixed.

1071 Home Corp. tops the list with 1178 dangerous violations in eight buildings, four of them in Latino neighborhoods in the Bronx and the other four in Manhattan.

One of those buildings at 3034 Grand Concourse, has been the home of the Hoyos Arango family for three years. The building has 248 violations, the majority of them reported by Hispanic residents.

Jorge Hoyos, 39 and of Puerto Rican heritage, and Carolina Arango, age 30 and of Dominican descent, along with their children who are 2 and 4, have had to cope with their landlord’s neglect.

“I threw out my furniture because the apartment was infested with bedbugs. My son has bites all over his body. Rats are another issue. There is feces in every corner,” stressed Carolina, who pays $1,118 in rent.

Carolina indicated that since the family moved into the apartment on January 26th, 2009, the bathroom hasn’t been fixed despite multiple complaints.

“The bathtub drips for 24 hours a day. The pipes are old and rusty. We have to use a plunger and special liquids to unclog the toilet, which happens often.”

The family said that the refrigerator also leaks, the windows don’t close completely, and the heating system doesn’t have a valve to control the temperature.

“The metal is too hot. My youngest son burned his stomach when he tripped. These conditions are dangerous for the children,” said Jorge Hoyos.

Zunilda Pérez, of Dominican background, who has been living in the building for 15 years, agreed with her neighbors: “The pests ruin everything, and the landlord makes little effort to fumigate. Living like this is a nightmare.”

David de la Cruz, who has been living in a first floor apartment for 8 years, said that repairs are too slow.

El Diario/La Prensa got in touch with 1071 Home Corp., but the company did not comment on the issue; nor did the superintendent of the building, who identified himself as Fernando.

Wiley Norvell, spokesperson for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, said that the Latino neighborhoods worst affected by negligent landlords are Washington Heights in Manhattan, Bushwick in Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

City council member Ydanis Rodríguez said the major housing issues in Upper Manhattan are a lack of heating and hot water, as well as rent that’s too high. Rodríguez emphasized that many of the buildings are more than 70 years old and are not suitable for occupation.

Brooklyn and the Bronx have the highest number of landlords who committed violations against the housing code.

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