Letters to the Editor, June 6

No closet door left unopened

My apartment was recently inspected by CompassRock.  Their notification letter was commanding but having no option and nothing to hide anyway, I waited for the day to arrive.

The inspector entered politely, accompanied by a security guard, and immediately informed me that he would also be “looking at” the closets.

Taken aback yet somehow not surprised in this environment of mistrust, I followed him from room to room and he opened the doors himself.  The security guard remained inside the front door.

The inspection lasted just a few minutes but, sadly, the negative effects on me have lingered. I approached the inspection in good faith, under the impression they were looking for illegal subdivision of rooms or major structural problems or similar. I consider it a violation of privacy and an insult to my integrity for a total stranger to inspect closets which, as well as utilitarian items, hold personal items.
The community newsletter, which arrived after the inspection, writes of ensuring apartments are in compliance with applicable laws, lease terms and community rules, looking for unsafe conditions, unregistered dogs and compliance with the 80 percent carpet rule. It had never occurred to me that closets fell into this category.

With nearly 25 years of tenancy, I have come to love where I live. For the most part, I welcome the physical and demographic changes, which have taken place.  Sadly, my experience with the inspection has left me feeling like some kind of criminal, and has further fostered the culture of unease that successive managements seem to enjoy encouraging. Indeed, a neighbor whose apartment was inspected in their absence with their agreement (but who did not share my feelings), advised me against speaking out for fear of reprisal.

Furthermore, I have now discovered that not all apartment inspections included closets – and not all were conducted by more than one representative.

Eileen Aarons, ST

Rent hikes and intrusive bikes

Dear Editor,

Let me compliment you on the fabulous editorial you wrote about CW Capital. (“Rent hikes are a bad business move,” T&V, May 23) You really were the Voice of the People and became so eloquently, passionately and pragmatically.

I also completely support Susan Steinberg’s letter of outrage to the editor, asking, “Where is our mayor?” (“Rent hikes will destroy community,” T&V, May 23) I might also ask where are our Council members and potential mayoral candidates who have joined our “European” mayor and approved all of the recent Department of Transportation moves that have made our city streets into a hazard for pedestrians and drivers, especially the disabled.

Having bike lanes at curbs and limited parking in the middle of avenues where drivers, bikers and pedestrians all are vulnerable, and now having bike share to take away even more parking spaces to further eliminate on street parking only serve to punish and squeeze the middle class tighter. Most especially, this configuration punishes the disabled. What good is it to have a handicapped license if there is no place to park for blocks and blocks?

The mayor may appear to care about health when he has a campaign about soda size. The truth is he doesn’t want to see fat or disabled people or frankly the middle class. His vision is of an elite upper class, walking or biking in a European milieu with flowers in their arms surrounded by their stretch limousines, waiting to pick them up when they tire or mingle too much with lower classes.

Well, the City Council does nothing to disabuse him of that vision since they have supported every irrational, expensive invasion by the DOT and made no provisions for the disabled.

The only chance we will have is our vote!

Dr. Bel-Michele De Mille, ST 

Peter Stuyvesant Post Office memories

Re: “Area residents protest planned closure of post office,” T&V, Apr. 25

Dear Town & Village,

My fondest memory of Peter Stuyvesant Post Office is that in the early 1970s, it had three mail slots: “Zip code 10009,” “Rest of Manhattan” and “Rest of the world.” That says it all. Pity they’re going to close it.


Richard Luksin
Minneapolis, MN

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6 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor, June 6

  1. I question the legality of their looking in closets. This is a gross intrusion and invasion of privacy. What could they possibly be looking for? The police have to have a search warrant to look around people’s apartments, so I seriously question if what this hideous “landlord” is doing is legal. Any attorneys out there who might be able to answer this?

    • Believe it or not, folks attempt to hide illegal portable dishwashers in their closets when they know inspectors may be coming. Not that I”m siding with management here, but that’s the reason – and if they’ve had complaints about lack of hot water in kitchens along a certain line of alts in your building (say, along the “A/B” apt. line of the “E/F” line), they will give those apts. more scrutiny and inspect for illegal dishwashers.

  2. i think they are looking to see if you made the closet into a bedroom. If you remember not long ago someone posted on one of the blogs that they turned their closet into a nursery. I think that qualifies as another room. They want to raise your rent!!

  3. P.S., they never checked my closets. Not sure why, maybe because we had no other rooms subdivided.

  4. There can be several reasons for checking closets, most of them are an attempt to discover prohibited appliances like a mini stackable washer/dryer, or other things prohibited by code, like mini kitchens (as have been documented in the past) where people install toaster ovens, microwaves and mini fridges in the closets of partitioned rooms. These are blatant fire hazards and pose a threat to the safety of other tenants.

    • Whatever their reasons for checking closets, it would be common courtesy for them to tell the tenant why they are doing that and what they are looking for. Unfortunately, this CW/Compass outfit has no sense of what common courtesy is. They have totally no respect for tenants and treat us like garbage.
      This is not a landlord/management company situation. This is a debt servicer/collection enforcer situation and this classless bunch of jerks have done nothing but show tenants total contempt since they got here. They do a lousy job of running the place and engage in actions that, if legal, are borderline at best. The sooner they crawl back into the swamp or under the rock that they came out of, the better.

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