Two developers, Cenpark Realty and the Brodsky Organization, have been fined a combined $90,000 by the city for claiming false vacancy in their buildings during renovation. Property owners of occupied buildings are supposed to protect residents from the ramifications of construction, like dust and noise, by submitting a tenant protection plan, which outlines various compliance categories.
Cenpark Realty was fined $40,800 for false statements on 13 construction work applications at 360 Central Park West, which they have been converting from rental to condominium units. Thomas Brodsky of the Brodsky Organization was fined $48,000 for similar claims in four of his buildings, including 75 West End Avenue and the South Pierre on West 71st Street.
Coalitions such as Stand for Tenant Safety have directed their frustrations at the Department of Building for lack of due diligence when issuing these permits, which are self-certified. Especially in rent-controlled apartments, owners have been known to use the guise of construction as a way to push residents out when unsafe or bothersome living conditions arise.
Article by Katya Demina