NYC's Ten Worst Tenants

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It seems that she was awakened by Richards at about 1 a.m. He was complaining that she was denying him the use of the mattress as a spare bed, the Daily News reported. She had told him she needed the mattress for her son, but as she later told reporters, "I heard [him] saying, 'She's a fucking liar.' " She ran downstairs to confront him and, according to one account, called Richards a "monkey face." Meanwhile, Shim, a livery cab driver, was hurrying home to see what was going on. When he arrived, shortly before 2 a.m., his gal and Richards were still screaming at each other. Shim was not happy. "My boyfriend heard him cussing me," the fiancée said. "He told him, 'Why are you disrespecting my woman?' " As the Daily News recounted the tale, Shim "stormed downstairs to challenge his tenant" but "a moment later, he was stumbling back up" with a knife stuck in him. "He was running back up the stairs," she told reporters. "I saw the knife sticking out. He collapsed right on the steps."

Richards was charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. He has pled not guilty. There may very well be more to this story—was this really a case of self-defense? The case has yet to wind its way through the courts, but the fact is that a landlord is dead after a confrontation with a tenant. Shim's pals contend that the landlord was a good guy who usually steered clear of confrontations, according to the Black Urban Times.

Richards's attorney, Edward Schneider, tells the Voice that what took place was an act of self-defense. "He is human, and we as humans would probably react in a similar manner if we were put in a same position," he says. "That's all I can say, without giving away the whole house."

The Anti-Tenant Tenants' Association

Arlether Middleton and her daughter, Twana Rose, served as the president and secretary of the tenants' association in a Bronx apartment building at 783 East 168th Street in Morrisania. This was a building in transition—a good one, for a change. It was part of a city program that enables low- and middle-income tenants to buy their apartments and eventually convert the building into a co-op.

The tenants' associations in such buildings are set up with bank accounts and are supposed to manage the properties during the conversion process.

Middleton works from the building, state records show, as a licensed day-care provider. But mother and daughter turned out to be bad babysitters for the building and its full-time tenants.

They stole more than $30,000 in rent that was intended for the upkeep of the building. Then they tried to defraud the city by submitting false bank statements and financial reports, says the city's Department of Investigation. Instead of caring for the building for the sake of their fellow tenants, they used the money to pay their own credit-card, cable, cell-phone, and utilities bills.

Questioned by the Voice, some of the tenants whom Middleton and Rose bamboozled say they had only a vague idea that they had been scammed. "We heard about it," says Chrystal Allen, 43, "and that should be handled by the city because if you were paying rent and they're taking it, well, that's not right."

This past January, Middleton, 64, pled guilty to third-degree grand larceny, and Rose, 38, pled guilty to third-degree attempted grand larceny.

This wasn't the first time Rose had attempted to defraud the city and her fellow tenants. In 2001, she pled guilty to charges that she illegally cashed the tenants' association's checks and kept the money for herself. She stole $7,000 and was sentenced to five years' probation. Reached by the Voice, Middleton said of the more-recent case: "That case is closed, and I'm finished with it."

They aren't quite finished: The two are scheduled to be sentenced this week.

Unfortunately, the building's other tenants are finished: Because of "financial mismanagement," the building has been taken out of the conversion program. Middleton and Rose not only robbed their fellow tenants but also helped deprive them of a rare chance to finally own their own homes.

The Fake Tenant

In order to live in Surfside Gardens, a public-housing project in Coney Island, Julienne Sialeu listed herself as a hairstylist who earned less than $17,000 a year—for her first four years in subsidized housing, she claimed to have no income at all.

In reality, she was an entrepreneurial landlord who had purchased a $155,000 property on Union Street in Brooklyn in 1998, the year before she obtained public housing.

Not only did Sialeu not live in her NYC Housing Authority apartment, but she didn't live on Union Street, either. In 2004, her son, an NYPD cop, bought a house on Flatbush Avenue for $555,000, and Sialeu lived there as her son's tenant. In June 2006, a newly filed deed made Sialeu a joint tenant of the Flatbush property, with right of survivorship. Meanwhile, her son moved into her subsidized apartment in Surfside Gardens. Officials of the Department of Investigation say she not only concealed her income and ownership of two properties but also her son's income.

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Tryit
Tryit

Now at 40 years old I bought my first property at 37 a two family home in Springfield gardens queens. I rented to a guy named George O' Conner and within a few months he moved in his would be girl (Trudiann Miller) from a shelter with two kids, at some point she offers to pay rent with checks from public assistance and for u folks that don't know acceptance of rent now labels her a tenant , in April of 2013 they stopped paying rent and had a third child, filing eviction notices and putting the property up for sale only seemed to have them not want to pay all together, when his court date arrived in august she showed up in court and claimed he left and we had to reserve with her because she paid rent etc...waiting till nov 15 for a court date, in all this mess i found out she and him were playing the system as he was suppose to be paying child support and also she was not suppose to be living with him ...even after filing retraining orders etc etc, the tenants below her was the same story except I knew that guy Hugh Godfrey for ten years....moved in his girl and two kids as well when they could not pay as well since april they did not ever until they left in November after a court date appearance in august when they agreed to leave, to make a long story short there was someone living in the basement and they came up with a devised plan to use it in court as a defense not to pay.The one thing they didn't count on was I took them to court for withholding and not for payments as they would only buy time and repeat. All these people seem to put themselves in not only financial places they shouldn't be but bring people and kids in places they can't afford, how would one keep a place and pay a mortgage for almost an entire place for others to stay calling you to repair things that I did all the work myself making sure they had heat and lights which were paid by me for the three years free of charge with no regards for if I lost the place or not, I still have my place on the market & is skeptical about selling as I have a great deal.A friend from work asked to rent it from me the now ripple effect these things cause is now I want 2months sec & one month rent etc etc..& leases stating more complex things than before .
Not to mention the addition of when late the first month after a week withholding procedures will be sent out instead of non payment in court resulting in automatic eviction unless payment is made previous to the court date which the now 2 months security will possible hold me over until such date,its a trickle down effect that will last for years and effect generations its just that some people only care about the present.Trying to help these people out when they don't have it or waiting the extra month or two will only lead to ones demise you have to see where they came from is where they may be going back to or taking you with them unfortunate but true i would not be surprised if in the future people dont rent to people based on their spouses kids or parents history/ behaviours/ credit and such

nbbasun
nbbasun

David Brody esq, is a mobster lawyer and his client Barry Best paid David Brody and Mark Heweil over $500,000 to destroy Nina Best.  david Brody and Mark Helweil and Barry Best have hired people to follow her and cause her trouble including being assaulted.  What they do is reinvent history. If you google Barry Best you do not find anything on the internet about his unethical Investment banking ways or his mother Jean Bests illegal and unethical accounting frenzy because they know how to manipulate and hack the system.  They destroy lives and attempt to do it with the protection of the aw because they know how to create a false reality and then document that dfalse reality.  They are evil and hopefully one day they will be put away forever.  I know Barry Best personally for 41 years and he is a master of practical jokes and in his high school year book he was annointed the master of "raining on friends parades' .  These people make our world an aweful place -- they appear to be white decent people but they are really white trash!

nbbasun
nbbasun

David Brody esq, is a mobster lawyer and his client Barry Best paid David Brody and Mark Heweil over $500,000 to destroy Nina Best.  david Brody and Mark Helweil and Barry Best have hired people to follow her and cause her trouble including being assaulted.  What they do is reinvent history. If you google Barry Best you do not find anything on the internet about his unethical Investment banking ways or his mother Jean Bests illegal and unethical accounting frenzy because they know how to manipulate and hack the system.  They destroy lives and attempt to do it with the protection of the aw because they know how to create a false reality and then document that dfalse reality.  They are evil and hopefully one day they will be put away forever.  I know Barry Best personally for 41 years and he is a master of practical jokes and in his high school year book he was annointed the master of "raining on friends parades' .  These people make our world an aweful place -- they appear to be white decent people but they are really white trash!!!

nbbasun
nbbasun

what a piece of garbage article

nbbasun
nbbasun

what a piece of garbage article

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Baddtenants
Baddtenants

The truth is the best weapon. they cannot say you are making things up about them when you have video. I'm not damaging their character or calling them crooks out of the blue. video and audio clips supports everything. I need help.We need help. Lets make this a level playing field.I will not lose my home because of people that made sucking off the state's tit for support a family practice. Hear my story tell me yours. There is alot more of us than one would think.email me at baddtenants@live.com and check out where I'm putting these badd tenants at: dropshots.com/baddtenants

Baddtenants
Baddtenants

I'm one of many landlords who is suffering and it's not fair to open your home to someone who's true intent is to make you homeless. Yes the only to change this is for us to join together and we will get things done. these baddtenants create a ripple effect. i.e. programs hat help people run out of money or close down al together. I hear now sec.8 accepts only domestic violence candidates only. Join me at baddtenants@live.com

crime stopper
crime stopper

It has come to my attention that Elizabeth Dworskin was paid by David Brody of Borah Goldstein to write the article. David Brody and Borah Goldstein are 'gangster' lawyers and will do anything to get what their clients want. But clearly, people see through this writting piece of crap. SHAME ON YOU VILLAGE VOICE for allowing your paper to become scum ! you should fire Elizabeth Dworskin and have a REAL REPORTER investigate BORAH GOLDSTEIN and their mobster like practice.

Nbbasun
Nbbasun

Elizabeth Drowskin should have her hands chopped off so she cannot write anymore - her slander and false reporting DESTROYS LIVES. Elizabeth Dworskin will go to gehenem for her false reporting - she is a murderer!

ciara
ciara

I would like to know what web site I can go on to post up bad tents because I have a couple names that needs to be open to landlords that care and I don't want other great landlords get hurt like i did with these evil tents i can be email at hotreds19@gmail.com thanks i would like someone to help me asap . . .

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Zallen123
Zallen123

Good tenants are a blessing. Most of them are horrible. It's a simple concept, pay rent on time, if you can't afford the place don't get the place...

meh
meh

i'd say my mentally i'll drug addict roomie was the worst...

kmp526171
kmp526171

this is the result you get with ultra-liberal politics and real estate laws. enjoy...

Tracy
Tracy

I would like to invite you to be my guest and do a walk thru on a property damaged by one of the very type of scum described in this piece. If you are half the man you think you are , pony up 30k for legal fees and another 150k for renovations and oh don't forget your hammer. What a fine man you are to help and as a reminder bring the other 6 that thnk like you do.

Gregory A. Butler
Gregory A. Butler

There was a time when the Village Voice really was "the voice of the people". The Voice used to boldly take on slumlords and developers, on behalf of the common man and woman - the scum of the real estate business used to fear the "10 worst landlords" issue every year.

Now, we see the pathetic spectacle of the Voice attacking the poorest of New York's tenants, in what amounts to pro landlord propaganda.

This is PATHETIC!

I'm disgusted at what the Village Voice has degenerated into - nothing more than a mouthpiece for the real estate speculators!

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Without Pie
Without Pie

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NY'er
NY'er

"This list is heavy with people who live in public housing or otherwise receive housing subsidies. But we're not picking on poor people."

No, you're just too lazy to do any actual investigative reporting. What a haphazard collection of disparate people. The only connection they have to one another is that they rent apts in New York City. What is the point of this article, besides being a collection of gossipy tales?

BK11209
BK11209

Really crap article. The "list" was so uneven and the idea that tenancy defined these people seemed flimsy. Some of the people were tenants behaving like bad landlords (one WAS a landlord trying to get a tenant subsidy), one of the cases where a tenant killed a landlord the reporter writes that it was too soon to tell whether it was done in self defense (!?). Hoarding on the level described at the Christopher St. bldg (as noted by someone below) is a sign of mental illness, not some goofy little quirk or a conscious act of malice. The fixation with it here -- as in the TV show "Hoarders" -- is just exploitation. The story of that super being murdered is horrible but the snarky writing renders the piece devoid of sympathy or respect.

A newspaper with a commitment to journalism would have taken one of these stories and written something in depth about them: hoarding, problems with the City's limited equity coop program, etc. Instead we have this uneven "list" which trades on the facile notion that "tenants are just as bad" as landlords in this city without any analysis or understanding of how this city works. Tabloid garbage.

BeBop4000
BeBop4000

Oh...I think I can join this list, maybe even shoot right to top billing, albeit, in suburbs, just over the Bronx/Westchester County border. My back yard neighbor runs a custom car installation business from his back yard. I'm not talking about cute little stereos for classical music enjoyment, I'm talking Hip-Hop/Rap with enormous amplifiers in the trunks of cars and 6 to 8 speakers in the vehicle. The volume and decibel levels are outrageously loud, and the bass capabilities are such that they have actually shaken panes of glass from older windows, right out of their frames! Needless to say, the authorities have done little to nothing in answering my complaints. I am very tempted to make use of the IRS Whistleblower program, where one gets financially compensated from turning in tax cheats (I know this guy runs a cash only business, in an area strictly zoned for residential, so I might get a nice piece of change and noise relief in one shot. and BTW....forget talking to the guy and reasoning with him. That tactic almost had me in a brawl with the guy, with him calling me a maricon and puto as a prelude to a reasonable chat over the back fence.

susanna
susanna

what is the point of this article? just juicy gossip? where is the social commentary or analysis? i wonder why tenants forge documents to get affordable housing? hm, maybe it's because there is no real affordable and decent housing? how can you talk about tenants forging documents to get into public housing and not talk about how the waiting list is 8 years long, how the city stopped building public housing in 1974 and has had no real plan to provide affordable housing to new yorkers since? or how there are at least 10,000 vacant apartments in public housing that have been vacant for more than 10 years waiting to be "rennovated?" or how the landlords and speculators who are increasingly transnational corporations are intentionally displacing low-income tenants from affordable housing to make a quick buck? i wonder who got you to write this one. This isn't reporting. This is tabloid. Welcome to the Fox News of the new york city journalism.

Sam, tenant attorney
Sam, tenant attorney

While it is true that tenants can be slobs and scammers, the harm they inflict on the world is miniscule compared to the misery perpetrated by slumlords, and those landlords who overcharge, harass and rip off their tenants. You should stick to the 10 worst landlords; it does far more social good. This article is just juicy gosssip and your effort to appear even handed.

kytravelrn
kytravelrn

Charles Rangel got away with defrauding NYC over property and is still in Congress....why wasn't he spotlighted in the article??

Ew2000
Ew2000

IN MEMORIAM of the REAL Village Voice -- which was slowly bled to death as James Ridgeway, Nat Hentoff, Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins were pushed out the door: These new imposters will never fool your original fan base -- and CERTAINLY not when they pull a complete 180 turn by trying to pass off such low-stooping, heartless, flat-out ignorant drivel as frontpage journalism. From this point on -- you couldn't PAY me to pick up an issue of the NEW Village Voice.

Peter Weisman
Peter Weisman

What an incredible thing!!! The VILLAGE VOICE actually cares about LANDLORDS???? I own a two family and evicted a true scumbag in EVERY sense of that word last year... He almost made me default on my mortgage. I wrote a letter to the editor once...

http://www.villagevoice.com/20...

Tenants, Landlords... there are good people and bad people. The difference isn't in your position.

CVP
CVP

I read this piece in the paper and was surprised that it'd been written and published. I'm a real estate agent who, in the past year and a half have been involved in three apartment rentals to seemingly ideal tenants, who turned out to be extraordinarily horrible. They range from a young, white couple with two small children to a retired registered nurse. Among these tenants, the landlords are owed, cumulatively, in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars. All the landlords have mortgages to pay. These are two and three family houses which are the homes of these landlords, They have suffered through threats of arson and murder. They've had to live with daily visits from the police or fire department for problems which do not exist in pristine apartments with zero violations. On more than one occasion, one has had to sleep in her car for fear of going into her house. Endless visits to court have been mostly futile. Reports to the police get nowhere. An eviction granted in October of last year has not yet been enforced/completed. It just goes on and on.

I find it amazing that you were unable to get stories of that kind. What a waste.

liz29
liz29

It takes all kinds but when the only way you have to get help if you are in legitimate need is to lie about domestic violence there is something wrong with the system. As for the people scamming the system who own property or have jobs and can pay the rent they should be in jail and the reason so many of them are repeat offenders is because on the whole they get probation.

certainslant
certainslant

Are you kidding me? "We're not picking on poor people." It's just that their lives are more heavily policed and surveilled, since the right to privacy comes at a price in this country. Amazing that this got conceived, assigned, written, edited, and published.

Cousin Tad
Cousin Tad

SILENCE Giorgio. Your whining stops NOW

power to the people
power to the people

what dreck! more power to the people who work out ways to game the system!

when this country learns to stop spending trillions fucking in other nations' business, then i'll be offended by poor people who manage to get a measly 20k from the corrupt government.

til then, power to the people!

Moninga1
Moninga1

OMG!!!

What about the guy who kept a tiger in his apartment?

Marbrose
Marbrose

As an owner of properties and a property management company for the past 29 years, this is not even a taste of whats out there in the city that protects tenants such as the article points out. Many claim that the landlords make so much money- yet the fact that the Bloomberg administration is now looking to obtain 35% of the rent roll for property taxes, and $1,000 per unit in water sewer charges- the landlords are no longer able to cope with this and many more fees created by bloomberg. Couple that with the rent control tenants ( a wartime act that remained intact), and the landlord/tenant courts that have the landlord guilty until proven innocent, the housing game will get worse soon enough. If the rent controls were removed, overall prices for apartment rentals would fall dramatically- similar to "water finding its level".

NYer
NYer

I suspect if you titled this article "Section 8 and Public Housing Scammers" most would have thought this was the trashy Post. What crap, are you serious?

Gregory A. Butler
Gregory A. Butler

Thank you!

Ridgeway, Hentoff, Barrett and Robbins were REAL JOURNALISTS, who took on the crooked and the powerful.

This article is just pro landlord propaganda garbage - a pathetic attempt to be "fair and balanced" rather than telling the real story of landlord profiteering and a city government that doesn't give a damn about tenants!

villageCVP
villageCVP

Hi, read your comment and wondering about info you have as it sounds like people we encountered. We just partly emerged from nightmare of personal threats of attack by tenants who evaded giving full identities of their past huge evasive fraud associations (over $15million fraud associations) and then communicated to us numerous fatwa like threats including claiming they are going to make our life a living hell, take our home, ruin our health etc etc.

They did all this abusing what we estimate to be in excess of $80,000 lost to taxpayer funded agencies and local NYC institutions in just 5 weeks or so not including the losses to local vendors and landlord. Civil lawyers call them professional tenants, may not report their criminal acts and seem to let them go on to their next potential victims. People tell us that the public agencies know about the fake reports but have no method in place for years to stop or at least prevent it. No inter-agency data base as these types move from one agency to another complaining falsely or in grossly exaggerated ways while destroying viable housing which lawyers tell us they take the home or apartment as "hostage". It is like rinse and repeat business; the taxpayers and society the victims are hurt as it raise costs to good tenants and good landlords; not to mention taxpayers where state budgets are at risk these days. It loses services that should be devoted to those truly in need at same time.

wsanders
wsanders

Heh, any competent journalist should be able to dredge up far more horrible stories than these. This is New York!!

aspara
aspara

I'm also shocked at this article. There was a purpose in the ten worst landlords list. There was a purpose to investigative journalism. There was a purpose to the Village Voice.

Ew2000
Ew2000

WHO ARE YOU TO SAY "SILENCE"?!!! What the h--- are these comment sections for? (PS - The fact that you have no opinion to voice of your own other than bellowing like a God-wannabe speaks volumes about you, pal...)

DorothyP
DorothyP

These people are just as crooked. Posing as downtrodden welfare recipents means that the really needy are deprived. Crime is crime.

 
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