NYC's Ten Worst Tenants

We hope you don't live next to these people

NYC's Ten Worst Tenants
Photo illustration by Jon Valk

We know the trouble and misery that landlords can cause New Yorkers. Just take a look at our franchise "10 Worst Landlords" lists (see part 1 and part 2), the latest of which we unveiled last year.

But there are also plenty of bad tenants in New York City.

We're not talking about frustrated people who cause trouble for bad landlords. Nor are we talking about especially obnoxious or run-of-the-mill slovenly renters who make their neighbors' lives seem like Hell. In the following list, we focus on tenants who have caused serious misery for other tenants or housemates or building supers or the landlords who aren't slumlords. These bad tenants have stolen peace and quiet, sanity, and money from other tenants and often the general public. In some cases, they've done more than hassle or rip off others—they're accused of killing them.

Beauty (1 Christopher Street) and the beastly apartment (below).
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Beauty (1 Christopher Street) and the beastly apartment (below).
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Nina Best (bottom of the picture) in 2010, according to lawyer David Brody
Courtesy David Brody
Nina Best (bottom of the picture) in 2010, according to lawyer David Brody
Rose Gill Hearn, commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigation, says domestic-
violence fakers are especially repugnant.
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Rose Gill Hearn, commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigation, says domestic- violence fakers are especially repugnant.
The Williamsburgh Houses in Brooklyn: Prospective tenants were scammed and left holding the bag.
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The Williamsburgh Houses in Brooklyn: Prospective tenants were scammed and left holding the bag.
Flatlands drama: A tenant is accused of killing a super.
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Flatlands drama: A tenant is accused of killing a super.
This Bronx building on East 168th Street was run by an anti-tenant tenants’ association.
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This Bronx building on East 168th Street was run by an anti-tenant tenants’ association.

This list is heavy with people who live in public housing or otherwise receive housing subsidies. But we're not picking on poor people. The reason for the seeming imbalance is that there are branches of the city's Department of Investigation and the Housing Authority that police the theft of government housing funds. Public-housing tenants are generally under much more scrutiny than renters who get no subsidies.

City employees also heavily populate our list. One reason is that they, too, are also more susceptible to being caught doing crooked things because investigators can track their pay stubs and other financial information more easily than they can investigate people who work in the private sector.

In other words, there are many other really bad tenants in the city whom we don't know about. We hope you're not one of them.

Most of all, we hope you haven't been victimized by the likes of the following people. Here's our list, in no particular order:

The Hoarder

Landlord Jimmy Silber's lovely 16-story building at 1 Christopher Street, in the West Village, has been in his family since 1932. By some accounts, he's a good landlord and the building of about 100 units was immaculate—until November 2003, when Dolores Miller moved in with a woman already living there. Then, the original tenant, Joan Walsh, developed dementia and wound up in a nursing home. Miller stayed.

She overstayed.

Known for dressing like a schoolteacher, her own house was in disorder. She hoarded furniture and clothes, but that was her business. She also hoarded food—huge amounts of spoiled, rotten food—and that became everybody's business.

The one-bedroom apartment on the third floor became a horror—maybe not for her but for everyone else, especially her next-door neighbors. Katie Axelrod, a 27-year-old who works in Web marketing, lived next to Miller for three very long years. "The odors were terrible," she says. "There were literally insects—fruit flies—crawling out from under her door. It was an ongoing nightmare. I didn't want to have friends over."

Axelrod says she stayed in the building because she liked the landlord, Silber, and thought he was doing everything he could to help. Nevertheless, she says, she had to hold a shirt over her nose every time she passed Miller's door.

Another next-door neighbor, Jeff Guarino, 39, who works in insurance sales, says a black, sooty substance started creepy-crawling on the outside of Miller's door. Silber described it as green slime. In any case, it was a horror movie.

After a year of Miller's solo housekeeping, tenants say, the place smelled like a toxic garbage dump. The odors wafted through the hallways, and Miller's neighbors taped their own doors to try to keep the smell out of their apartments. Some of them say they even resorted to staying away from their homes in the otherwise beloved building.

This past March, after a drawn-out court battle that Silber says lasted seven years and cost him more than $100,000 for legal fees and garbage removal, Miller was evicted by city marshals. The landlord says that when he opened the door to the apartment, a cloud of fruit flies hurtled toward his head.

Miller had fought hard to remain in the building, even claiming that she and Walsh were lovers and that she was entitled to stay because she was Walsh's domestic partner.

Fox 5's Barbara Nevins Taylor detailed her case in amazing detail—including footage of the apartment. As to Miller's claim that she was Walsh's lover, even the Advocate, which always stands up for gay rights, wasn't convinced.

Silber has always contended that Miller's claim of being Walsh's lover and domestic partner was merely a ploy to remain in the building.

After the eviction, Fox 5 confronted Miller, asking her about the incredible mess in the apartment. She replied that living with obsessive-compulsive disorder was difficult.

Miller wound up in a homeless shelter, according to news reports.

Right after the eviction, Guarino says, he peeked into Miller's apartment and got an unforgettable eyeful. Both he and Silber say the place was jammed floor-to-ceiling with garbage, among other hoarded objects. There were drawers full of rotting sandwiches. Fox 5 noted that there were bags of cat litter and every can of food that Miller had ever opened. It was a fetid disaster worse than any restaurant dumpster.

"Once you saw the living conditions," says Guarino, "you realized that this is a person who needs help. She never got the help that she needed."

The Serial Evictee

Nina Best has been thrown out of the kind of apartment buildings that wouldn't even let you in the front door. She's been tossed from quite a few nice places, and almost never without a fight with landlords, spouses, housemates, judges, prosecutors, or even entire countries. Consider this endorsement from a former housemate: "Watching Single White Female is like watching Snow White compared to what I've been through."

Court records aren't as colorful, but they still paint a strange picture of Nina Best as a serial evictee. Best herself couldn't be reached for comment, but in the late '80s, when she was known as Nina Baum, she was evicted from an Upper East Side apartment, says attorney David Brody, who has jousted with her for about a decade. In 1991, she married, changing her name to Nina Best. She and her husband moved to Chicago so he could attend business school. The couple had a child, and after a few years, they moved back to New York, eventually settling into a co-op in the East 80s in 1996.

In 1997, they separated, but life between them continued to be tumultuous. In October 1997, on the night of the Jewish holiday Shemini Atzeret, Nina forced her way into her ex's apartment and began hitting him, according to court records. The following month, an "anonymous" child-abuse complaint was lodged against her ex-husband, and someone called 911 to report a domestic dispute in his apartment. A judge found the abuse complaint to be unfounded and the 911 call a false alarm. In 1998, a court gave Best's ex-husband sole custody over the couple's then-10-month-old daughter. In 2001, a judge affirmed that Nina's "unfitness as a custodial parent is beyond doubt."

Nina Best wound up with the Upper East Side co-op, but she sublet it and moved into an apartment on East 77th Street, signing a lease and putting down a seven-month security deposit.

In late 1999, however, Nina Best stopped paying rent. In 2000, a court evicted her from the East 77th Street apartment and ordered her to pay the landlord about $10,000.

In a typical eviction, a court authorizes movers to take the tenant's household items to a warehouse until they can be retrieved. But Best didn't want her belongings to be taken to a warehouse. She arranged for movers to come instead and take her stuff to the Upper East Side co-op that she had once shared with her husband. But there was some dispute with the movers, who ended up bringing her stuff to their warehouse. Best sued the movers, as well as her East 77th Street landlord, claiming that many valuables were stolen in the confusion. She filed a detailed list of expensive items that were allegedly pilfered—jewelry, Judaica, crystal, and fine china, Brody says.

A year after the eviction, Best skipped town. In September 2001, she went international. As prosecutors later explained, she forged her ex-husband's signature on a passport and took her daughter to Israel, where she lived in an ultra-religious Jewish community under an assumed name.

With the aid of investigators, Best's ex-husband tracked them down and managed to obtain custody of their daughter by order of an Israeli court and the Israeli police. Father and daughter returned to the U.S. But when Nina Best returned to the U.S. in May 2002, she was arrested at JFK airport. A grand jury ultimately indicted her for passport fraud.

Back in the U.S., Nina Best got to know the Wolfsons, a wealthy New York real estate family. Sources tell the Voice that Morris Wolfson, one of the heads of the Wolfson Group, gave Best a suite of rooms in the Carlton, a luxury hotel the family owned in midtown, and arranged for her to get a lawyer to fight her matrimonial dispute in court. By 2004, apparently, Best had worn out her welcome: The Wolfsons sued to evict her.

After leaving the Carlton, she and her brother, David Baum, obtained an apartment at 250 West 90th Street through a Sotheby's brokerage. But in 2004, Meyer Muschel, the landlord of the apartment, sued to evict her and her brother, for nonpayment. In May 2005, he settled with her, winning back the apartment and more than $10,000.

Meanwhile, Best's passport-fraud case had come to a head.

She had pled guilty in November 2003. She withdrew her plea, but it didn't matter: She was convicted in November 2004 of passport fraud and was sentenced in early 2005 to 18 months in a federal prison in Carswell, Texas.

While in the Texas hoosegow, she complained of "medical abuse," according to a local paper, and was able to get out early. When she returned to the city, it was in a wheelchair.

At this point, it wasn't only Nina Best's life that was complicated. She was still fighting with her ex about assets and custody. Lawyers in her case were suing her over legal fees: "It got to the point where there were a good half a dozen lawyers suing her for one reason or another," says one of those attorneys, David Brody, who adds, "Nina Best has occupied a decade of my life."

When she landed back in the city, she had no place to live, so she turned to Craigslist. Eventually, she found an ad posted by a person who wanted a roommate who kept kosher. The two agreed to live together for three months. In early summer 2006, Best moved into the cushy apartment in a modern building on West End Avenue, on the Upper West Side. She was to pay $1,600 a month.

Trouble started within days, the housemate tells the Voice, when Best refused to give her a copy of her ID. Best had good reason to not want to show her ID. She had recently been released from prison, and the housemate hadn't known that.

The housemate told Best she could not live in the apartment without at least giving up a copy of her ID. Best refused and then took a rather drastic step, considering she was a tenant: She changed the locks. After the police got involved, the housemate hired David Brody and sued Best for nonpayment of rent. In July 2006, a judge dismissed the case but ordered Best to surrender the key. "I was vomiting on the sidewalk because I was so traumatized," the housemate tells the Voice.

After that debacle, Best moved into a neighboring building. But in 2009, she was again threatened with eviction. The landlord again hired attorney Brody. This time, the battle was over Best's Yorkshire terrier, Lexi, and the case went to court. Lexi's shrill barking, a neighbor testified, was "very loud, as if the dog was in pain." The neighbor complained that she feared getting bitten because Best allowed the dog to roam the hallways without a leash. The landlord, who claimed that the building was generally "dog-friendly," also alleged that Best allowed her dog to pee and poop in public areas. It was a messy case.

Best's lawyer in that eviction suit, Paul Finkelstein, says, "All I'll say on the record is: I represented her, and I believe she has problems." A judge wound up giving Best 10 days to get rid of the dog or she'd be evicted. She got rid of the dog. Lucky Lexi.

The Fraudsters

Clarence McGann had spent years working his way up in the City of New York Department of Corrections and was a captain at Rikers Island, earning a six-figure salary. He had a longtime girlfriend, Maria Torres, officials say. In 2002, Torres applied for Section 8 subsidies for a townhouse at 16 Doreen Drive, on Staten Island's north shore. Section 8 is a federal housing program that gives rental assistance to poor Americans, and on her application, Torres claimed that she had recently been homeless, officials say. She also stated that she lived alone with her two children, and she listed McGann as the landlord. That meant that the monthly subsidies for Torres's apartment were to go directly to McGann. If the city had known that he lived with her, his salary would have disqualified them for Section 8. A few years later, McGann bought a townhouse at 379 South Avenue, in the same general neighborhood, and the couple moved. Torres applied for Section 8 subsidies there, too.

During an annual inspection, a city housing inspector working for the Section 8 program knocked on their door, looking for Torres. He became curious when McGann, ostensibly the landlord, answered the door wearing only a bath towel.

Later, surveillance cameras caught the couple on video returning home with grocery bags, officials say. Another time, McGann requested a sick day from work to take care of his wife, Maria Torres. (This turned out to be a double lie: He was still married to another woman, though the two had been separated for some time.)

McGann and Torres were busted. Over six years, they had stolen $59,484, court records show. He was busted, but he still made out like a bandit. He retired on captain's pay the day before he was arrested, which means he still collects a city pension, officials tell the Voice.

Now a pensioned ex-caption, he pled not guilty, and the case went to trial. In court, McGann claimed that there were no hard and fast rules that said a landlord could not live in the house with his tenant. (McGann's lawyer says the two were not a couple.) McGann also said that the house was subdivided and that he lived in the basement. (It wasn't.) McGann, no longer a captain at Rikers, went casual: At one point, he wore an Adidas tracksuit to his trial. He was convicted of grand larceny and fraud on the facts, but was sentenced only to probation instead of serving jail time. He was ordered to pay the city back the money. Good thing he got his pension.

The Domestic-Violence Faker

Latonya Malone, 26, worked as a security guard at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center in Manhattan. A state employee since 2002, she earned a $35,000-a-year salary, so in 2007 she applied for a Section 8 apartment. Victims of domestic violence can point to their dire situations to get Section 8 subsidies, for which there's a huge waiting list. In support of her application, she included copies of an order of protection issued by the Bronx County Criminal Court and a domestic-violence incident report issued by the New York Police Department. According to Malone's paperwork, "John Brown had beaten her."

It turned out that "John Brown" was fictitious and that both the order of protection and the domestic-violence incident report had been forged, according to prosecutors. Last October, Malone admitted to investigators that she had paid $500 to a woman named Cynthia who was selling Section 8 paperwork.

In October 2010, Malone was charged with grand larceny. She allegedly stole $14,000 worth of subsidies. Malone has pled not guilty, and the case is pending.

Over the past year, six women have been arrested for allegedly falsely claiming to be victims of domestic violence in order to obtain public housing or Section 8 housing vouchers. In another case, Chevelle Richardson filled out an application for her 20-year-old daughter, Chandera, that included not only a fabricated domestic-violence incident report and a phony order of protection but also a forged letter from the domestic-violence shelter organization Safe Horizon.

As the government cuts sharply back on its subsidized-housing programs, there may be greater incentive for people to falsify complaints. Because of long waiting lists and budget cuts in the program, the only people who are now permitted to apply for Section 8 subsidies are victims of domestic violence, youngsters who become too old to stay in foster care, and people in witness-protection programs. It's a crisis for people who would legitimately qualify for public housing: Officials say there are currently 130,000 people on the waiting list.

Rose Gill Hearn, commissioner of the city's Department of Investigation, says she finds the domestic-violence fakers to be especially repugnant: "I mean, there are real victims of domestic violence out there," she tells the Voice.

The Scammer

In February 2010, 21-year-old public-housing tenant Unique Jones put an ad on Craigslist to sublet her two-bedroom apartment in the heart of hipster-filled Williamsburg-Bushwick corridor. Her apartment, she wrote in the post, had "hardwood floors" and was located in a "peaceful area." The rent she asked for was a steal: "$400 a month with $800 security deposit."

Jones also noted something that, in less desperate times, might have scared potential renters away: "Public housing apt building," the ad read, "working class only."

But Jones had no shortage of responses to her ad for the apartment in the Williamsburg Houses, a 20-building residential complex built in 1937 on 12 blocks near Bushwick Avenue. According to the city's Department of Investigation, Jones defrauded eight people, including students, a security guard, and a couple. Jones took their deposit money but then, in most cases, prevented them from moving in.

One man, an exchange student from Thailand, told officials that he paid Jones $600 to move in but was given a key that did not work. She is accused of collecting $2,400 from two other prospective renters whom she prevented from moving in and, at the same time, collecting $2,400 from a man to whom she actually did rent the apartment, for six months beginning in March, say authorities.

Her actual rent was $256 a month, which meant she defrauded the city of around $3,500.

Jones was charged with grand larceny, petty larceny, and fraud. According to authorities, she is still at large.

Victims of the scam told investigators that they weren't aware that it was illegal for New York City Housing Authority tenants to sublet their apartments.

Kill the Super

Shayne Sinclair had an onerous, but ostensibly simple, task. Errol Irving, one of the tenants in a Brooklyn boarding house at 1485 East 51st Street, near Avenue L in Flatlands, owed three weeks' worth of back rent.

It amounted to several hundred dollars, and the 40-year-old super had great incentive to go to the boarding house on the evening of February 4 to collect it. According to news reports, he himself hadn't been paid by the landlord for three weeks—and he was also struggling financially, trying to take care of his wife and baby daughter.

For his trouble, Sinclair was stabbed in the chest by the 60-year-old Irving, say police, who found him unconscious at the boarding house at about 8:30 p.m. The super was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died.

Irving has been charged with second-degree murder, according to news reports, and he already had a miserable track record as a human being: He had been released from prison in 2007 after serving 20 years for sodomy and sexual abuse, according to news reports. At last report, Irving was being held without bail in jail, where rent is free.

The super's family was, of course, devastated. They say that Sinclair would have been paid by the landlord after collecting Irving's overdue rent. The Daily News quoted a relative as saying, "He wasn't doing anything wrong. All he wanted was his pay. He left home to go look for a paycheck, and he's dead now."

The family told reporters that Sinclair was a kind and gentle man and that he had planned to move from the city with his wife and daughter when he could afford to.

The Mattress-cide

In the wee hours of December 1, 2009, the use of a mattress kept people awake at an apartment building at 683 East 222nd Street in the Wakefield neighborhood of the Bronx. But not for the usual reason.

Omari Richards, 26, the basement tenant in a building owned by George Shim, 37, was quarreling with Shim's fiancée, according to news reports and police.

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.

Last January, she was charged with theft of federal government funds and five counts of making false statements. Authorities say she had stolen about $36,000 in benefits.

Sialeu doesn't even come close to holding the record for the longest-running scam. Among other alleged schemers, Joan J. Johnson defrauded the Housing Authority for 20 years, officials say.

Instead of living in her apartment in a public housing complex on the Lower East Side, she was actually the shareholder of a co-op on 121st Street. Meanwhile, she had moved friends and family into her public-housing apartment. Johnson was finally busted last May.

The Fake Landlord

On the surface, Enercida Garcia seemed to be a success story: She was a former Section 8 tenant who had become a landlord. But as a landlord, she wouldn't be allowed to continue receiving rent subsidies. She didn't like that idea.

City officials say she had her son, Victor, pose as a tenant in order to maintain the subsidies. Then she concealed from officials her ownership of the house.

In May 2002, Victor Garcia purchased a house at 70 Glen Street in Brooklyn. He applied to the state to become a landlord that could rent to tenants who receive Section 8 subsidies. He then rented to his mom, Enercida Garcia, and told authorities that the two were not related. Enercida lived in the Glen Street building with her other son, Joel Garcia. Then, in 2004, Victor transferred the title of the Glen Street house to his mom. Two years later, his mom applied for an apartment in public housing, telling authorities that she did not own nor did she have any interest in owning real estate.

An investigator from the city's Department of Investigation reviewed Victor Garcia's marriage license and found that Enercida was his mother. The investigator then cross-checked Enercida's name with Joel's birth certificate and, bingo! We have a match!

In May 2010, Enercida and Victor Garcia were accused of fraud. They have pled not guilty.

edwoskin@villagevoice.com

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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

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nbbasun

what a piece of garbage article

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The easy ways to deal with fruit flies are disposing of fruits, vegetables and other foods before they become overripe, store cooked foods covered and appropriately; seal all stored foods in containers with air-tight lids.

how to get rid of fruit flies
how to get rid of fruit flies

The easy ways to deal with fruit flies are disposing of fruits, vegetables and other foods before they become overripe, store cooked foods covered and appropriately; seal all stored foods in containers with air-tight lids.

how to get rid of fruit flies
how to get rid of fruit flies

The easy ways to deal with fruit flies are disposing of fruits, vegetables and other foods before they become overripe, store cooked foods covered and appropriately; seal all stored foods in containers with air-tight lids.

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 . . .

DOB Alerts
DOB Alerts

If you have tenants who call 311 NYC’s Dept of Buildings you must sign up to DOB Alerts.

This site DOBAlerts.com runs a program which notifies you if someone called 311 on your property. It works great if you have crazy depressed neighbors who walk around the neighborhood calling 311 and try to get people into trouble

DOB Alerts
DOB Alerts

This site runs a program which notifies you if someone called 311 on your property. It works great if you have crazy depressed neighbors who walk around the neighborhood calling 311 and try to get people into trouble

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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