OH CRY ME A FUCKING RIVER – JAMAICA LANDLORD THREATENS TO CALL ICE ON ILLEGAL TENANTS – GOOD, LET US CLEAN HOUSE FOR A CHANGE

Break out the tiniest violin.

As a person whose family came to this country legally and through the proper channels, FUCK all you who came here illegally. I have no sympathy or empathy for any of them.

In the article below:

Hossain shows how bad the conditions are in his apartment — his family is plagued by rats, roaches, bedbugs, and water leakage problems.

OH REALLY, you don’ think that fucking slob bedroom complete with bedpan on the floor is not bringing in roaches, bedbugs and other vermin. JESUS FUCKING MOHAMMED, clean your fucking apartment. I mean who would want to live near these fucking slobs.

GOOD for Zara Realty and I am glad they have taken over many apartment buildings in Jamaica. At least Zara Realty makes sure their apartment building are always clean on the outside and maintain their buildings as opposed to the many slumlords in the area who don’t. PLUS, Zara does not tolerate any nonsense in their buildings or the outside. You will not see litter on the outside of their buildings, people just loitering, selling drugs or making noise and playing loud music or letting their fucking little rug rats make all kind of noise and do whatever they want in front of the building.

We need more landlords like this, not the crap landlords who don’t give a shit.

Now let’s hear our local asshole elected official chime in on this, yet not one will stand up for the underage 15 year old girl who was pimped out by some hood rat in Rev. Floyd Flake’s Greater Allen Cathedral Senior Residence for four months (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/11-days-the-flakes-and-greater-allen-church-have-made-no-comment-about-underage-girl-being-pimped-out-of-greater-allen-cathedral-senior-residence-for-four-months-plus-some-new-info-arises/).

AGAIN, look at this fucking slop place.

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From The Daily News:

Queens landlord pushes DHS tip line to scare immigrants out of rent-controlled units, residents say

Anwar Hossain (r.) and his son Ali, 11, sit on a bed in the beleaguered Jamaica apartment.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

A landlord who’s faced past allegations of tenant harassment has posted signs touting a Department of Homeland Security tip line in some of his Queens buildings, which have unnerved some tenants.

Between President Trump’s push to deport undocumented residents and a spike in immigration raids, the Bangladeshi tenants of a Zara Realty apartment building on 168th St. in Jamaica are on edge.

“It’s to scare the people,” said Abukhar Hossain, whose family has lived at the nine-story brick address for 15 years.

A recent visit showed the DHS placards posted prominently at 168th St. and at another Zara-managed building a block away on 88th Ave.

Tenants at 168th St. said the signs have been up since Zara arrived in 2014. Tenants at 88th Ave. didn’t know when they first went up.

Hossain said he couldn’t say whether the signs at 168th St. resulted in DHS activity, but noted that at least one undocumented family was among several tenants who’ve moved out since Zara Realty took over.

“The landlord saying that they will report tenants to ICE, that’s not a new problem,” said Jackie del Valle, a community development organizer at the Urban Justice Center who’s helping the Zara tenants. “But the fear of it has definitely increased.”

 Many residents of the estimated 40 buildings Zara Realty manages in Jamaica are immigrants, including some who are undocumented. In interviews, 19 tenants and advocates representing some 250 residents alleged that Zara consistently uses intimidation — including demands for documentation — to try and push immigrants out of rent-regulated units.

Anwar Hossain shows the list that the landlord said he would call if he refuses to leave his Zara Realty-managed apartment.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

The Homeland Security signs are just one example.

“Zara finds every way possible through legal and extralegal means to harass tenants and extract additional fees and costs from tenants,” said George Gardner, a Queens Legal Services attorney representing the tenants. “It becomes an overwhelming burden for many of the tenants, particularly those who are low-income and also immigrants. Some tenants are undocumented, and this poses a risk and a threat to them.”

Among those feeling vulnerable is Elena Tzul. The undocumented immigrant from Guatemala has lived with her partner and five sons in a Zara building on Parsons Blvd. for 19 years. Tzul said she received a letter asking about her immigration status after Zara arrived in 2014.

She said she refused to fill it out, but when she renewed her lease, Zara officials requested her passport.

“I’m scared because I have no papers,” Tzul said. “I think that they can kick us out and deport me.”

Tenants from other Zara-managed buildings have said building agents have demanded tax IDs, Social Security numbers and passports when they renewed leases. State policy allows landlords to request Social Security numbers on the first lease, not on renewals.

In response to questions, Zara issued a statement defending its right to seek documentation: “An owner may demand identification and information data from a tenant. The tenant must provide a Social Security Number or a tax identification number to be used to set up a security deposit bank account.”

Hossain shows a poster he retrieved from the lobby of his apartment, which reads “WANTED” with an NYPD logo on it. The man in the picture is Anwar’s son Abukhar.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

Many of Zara’s buildings are located in Jamaica, listed by Street Easy last year as the city’s hottest neighborhood due to relatively inexpensive housing and convenient transit options.

Landlords in hot neighborhoods have enormous financial incentive to replace rent-stabilized tenants with higher paying renters. Whenever a tenant leaves, the state allows owners a once-a-year “vacancy” hike of 20%. When the rent reaches a certain level, the unit is deregulated.

Four tenants at the 168th St. building say that Zara had charged them anywhere from 30% to 100% for a vacancy increase, according to state rent histories.

In the last five years, tenants have twice sued Zara alleging the company has used a variety of tactics to force tenants out.

The first suit was filed in 2011 and noted problems even earlier: a 2004 state Homes & Community Renewal enforcement proceeding that uncovered multiple “objectionable business practices” with Zara.

The state settled the matter after deciding Zara had complied with their recommendations, but Queens Legal Services found more problems in 2011.

That case charged Zara and members of the Subraj family that owns the company had for years used multiple methods to harass tenants at five buildings in Queens.

Hossain shows how bad the conditions are in his apartment — his family is plagued by rats, roaches, bedbugs, and water leakage problems.

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

Tenants, who had no air conditioning, said they were charged a $180 air conditioning “surcharge.” One tenant said her stepdaughter was denied an apartment key because she was told only “biological” daughters can have them.

Several tenants said they were billed for the cost of repairs, including a tenant charged $25 when management used a plunger to remove a ball lodged in her toilet.

One 70-year-old female tenant said a building superintendent had climbed into her apartment via the fire escape, then broke a lock when he tried to escape as she confronted him.

Multiple tenants say Zara would claim not to have received payments and demand a late fee — even when they showed proof their checks were sent on time. Other tenants say they were hit with “legal fees” related to lawsuits Zara filed that the tenants were never told about.

Some described robo-call campaigns over late payments, with calls coming in day after day. Sometimes as often as 10 times a day.

Both sides reached a confidential settlement on that suit in July 2014. A little over two years later, the second suit arrived alleging more tenant harassment. That suit is pending.

A Zara Realty spokesman declined to address the concerns regarding the DHS signs — and blamed “professional tenant agitators” for the repeat complaints.

“Our company is one founded by immigrants in 1986 in Southeast Queens,” the spokesman said. “We are a family of immigrants ourselves and remain deeply involved in the community where we invest, create jobs and facilitate housing and also work. Suggestions of immigrant bias by third-party professional tenant agitators is thoroughly foolish and preposterous.”

The spokesman added: “Our tenancy applications, and apartment renewals and means of tenant identification are based upon standard guidelines of the New York Rent Stabilization Law, as administered by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, including rent increases. We absolutely adhere to all federal, state and city laws and regulations when it comes to information we request from tenants.”

 

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9 thoughts on “OH CRY ME A FUCKING RIVER – JAMAICA LANDLORD THREATENS TO CALL ICE ON ILLEGAL TENANTS – GOOD, LET US CLEAN HOUSE FOR A CHANGE

  1. There are Americans born and raised in this country who do not keep their apartments clean. Zara Reality is no Prince in shining armour landlord. They have been sued. Some have suggested that they are slumlords.

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    • I know too well, that American born folks are slobs as well, but the article was about illegal immigrants. I am also very familiar with Zara and some of the issues in the past, but from my perspective seeing their buildings and seeing others, they do a much better job and as a homeowner I would rather have them near me than the obvious slumlords whose building from the outside are a disgrace.

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  2. Sure that room is a mess, it would have helped if there were more photos. And if the old man actually took the signs or photographed them instead of writing down what they wrote. But Zara doesn’t help their story by referring to rent-stabilized tenants as “professional agitators” an oxymoron used constantly by Trump and his minions.

    And Zara has quite a sordid past. Recent sordid past even.

    http://nypost.com/2002/08/16/tenants-terror-tell-court-of-hellish-landlords-outrages

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/rent-stabilized-tenants-join-suit-jamaica-landlord-article-1.1027004

    Zara made the top 10 worst landlords of this year

    https://ny.curbed.com/2017/6/12/15781680/new-york-worst-landlords-stabilizing-nyc

    No doubt it’s a good thing they are cleaning up their properties, but it’s to symbolically sweep their illicit behavior under the rug. In a way, this very blog may be what’s motivating them to keep it neat outside their properties to avoid negative press and attention.

    Zara’s record shows they are not credible, and sleazy tactics as reported in this article and the specter of all the rapid new hyperdevelopment and hot town fabrications and labeling just makes their actions incriminating.

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    • I have been well aware of Zara, their tactics and their history way before I moved to Jamaica. BUT I know their buildings near me are not problematic to the community and neighbors like some of the other apartment buildings are which allow garbage/litter to pile up, allow residents to make all kind of noise loitering outside their building and all the other nonsense that affects quality of life. But after years of dealing with so much ghetto nonsense in this community, as long as they are not an issue with the surrounding quality of life, fine by me. It is kind of like having the Gotti family in your community, yeah they are criminals and awful human beings, but they don’t destroy the quality of life in the community like the Crips, Bloods and MS-13 do. I guess this is the typical case of the lesser of two evils. This is what living in this shitty city does to all of us, we have to pick sides, even when the choices are not ideal.

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  3. Eventually Gotti got pinched and the other families grew old. All they offered was the illusion of security, which is why southeast queens, where they were prominent for decades, is what it looks like now.

    What this is, is more disturbing and threatening. These are people in the business of real estate and the running of apartment buildings whose dirty deeds are being ignored and enabled by government officials. I for sure would not want to be paying rent and having services being done by some gangster.

    The actions of these supposed upstanding citizens and officials are the basis for gang proliferation. NYCHA ignores upkeep requests from the tenants and lo and behold, gangs are prolific in them. Same with neighborhoods ignored for years in the Bronx and even still in Brooklyn.

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    • You are spot on. And yes, Gotti helped to make a mess of SE Queens, but unlike MS-13, etc, their own neighborhoods were not a mess. AND yes, much of the blame for all this nonsense in SE Queens falls squarely on the shoulders of the elected officials and all the Mayors and their administrations for the continuous ignoring of certain communities and the dumping of so much shit into them, something I have brought up several times and have you. But that does not get individual citizens off the hook either, even though said officials have help create this folks in the process.

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