NYC Housing Court Fight Lasts Near Decade
By David Greene
She continues her daily battle for heat and an end to the constant leaks and floods while living with the constant fear of faulty wiring throughout the building. Her housing battle is now in it’s 9th year.
Paulette Pryce, 61, an emergency room employee of Montefiore Hospital, purchased her apartment after the city refurbished the dilapidated building at 2323 Loring Place North in 2007. According to Pryce, the problems began almost immediately for her and the seven other families in the four-story building.
Despite the $790 monthly maintenance fee and a monthly mortgage of $323, the city was apparently unable to keep up with the complaints or the repairs. Then New York State Attorney General appointed Urban Property Management Corporation, based in Port Chester, NY., to run the property yet the problems continued.
Pryce explained, “They come and patch up the holes, but the leaks continued.”
The constant dilemma of placing buckets under the different leaks and falling chunks of plaster, first thought to be a broken pipe in a neighbor’s apartment, apparently turned out to be a leak in the building’s fire suppression system.
In December, 2017 the building was issued summonses from the Department of Building’s, after the fire department determined that the water pressure in the sprinkler system was too low.
In March, 2018 a housing court judge ordered Urban Property Management, who calls itself, “The property care company,” to make the needed repairs. Pryce said at the time, “It’s unsafe to continue living here,” with water coming down into light fixtures and electrical outlets.
Last winter Pryce complained, “We have very low heat and very hot water, Jesus help! My windows have ice on them.”
According to Department of Buildings records, the building currently has five outstanding violations, four for different problems relating to the building’s boiler.
Last week, a spokesman for Urban Property Management was asked about Pryce’s problems that are now in its ninth year, the spokesman replied, “I don’t understand. Hold on a minute, sir can you give me a call on my office phone.” A call minutes later, the spokesman was unavailable.
Also last week, Pryce told the management office she had over $1,500 of the $5,000 in back maintenance fees she owed. Pryce recalled, “He said he’d come in the morning and sure enough, at 8:29 a.m. he was at the door… He’ll come at 8:30 in the morning for the money, but he won’t fix my place. It’s crazy.”