Posted by John on August 08, 2000 at 11:51:27:
In Reply to: I need right advice posted by Leonard on August 08, 2000 at 08:58:13:
The South Side caters to the Hasidic Community and those of you who lived there for years know the political climate associated with this part of Brooklyn. You can't win...
You are not rent stabilized, which means the landlord can charge any amount of rent he wants, and without a current lease documenting the agreed amount... You're stuck paying the back rent and a victim of your landlord's abuse.
What should you do? Fight back! Report any and all apartment and building wide violations to DH&R.
Start a HP Action for repairs and by all means find another place to live; preferable a rent stabilized building. You will not have support and you will be encouraged to move quickly.
Los Sures is no help and "The People Firehouse" sent me back to Los Sures. The system of government we have there is aware of all of this. It is called Block Busting, but all they see is improvements associated with pushing poor families to other areas. The 90th has been a huge influence in denying people their right to privacy and local support.
Very little news comes out of this area when it comes to the Hasidic part of this area, and when it does news in retaliation or similar to what was reported is used to drown out the abuse that has been happening. Example: The Hasidic school scandal? Absentee school workers were collecting a check for years. Then they ran a similar story about a maintenance worker for Van Arsdale (sp) high school in the North side.
Look around and think about it.
All this would make a wonderful movie.
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