Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Landlord

Then, on August 26, 2011, her front door was left open while a water heater was being installed in her apartment. According to Montealegre, Samovha barged in with flyers for a September 2 meeting, which read: “We’ll say it once, we’ll say it 100 times: Tenants have the right to insist on their right to repairs and good living conditions. New York City and state laws protect us, and we can meet together to deal with our building problems.”

Samovha asked Montealegre’s 13-year-old daughter if the flyers were theirs. When she answered yes, Samovha grabbed her by the arm, and the rest of her children began yelling, “He’s hitting her!”

Montealegre rushed out from another room and reached for her daughter to move her out of the way. Instead of striking the girl, Samovha hit Montealegre. A struggle between them ensued.

“I pushed him, and he was looking for some sort of tool to hit me with,” she says. “All the kids ran outside, and he followed them, yelling that we were hitting him. He called the police, and then my daughter called the police.”

Moshe Samovha holds the 12th spot on the Public Advocate’s worst landlords in Manhattan watch list, but today, we’re just going to go ahead and say he’s the worst.


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Megano! (#124)

My friend had a landlord that always used to barge into their house w/o giving notice and often not even saying who he was (which is not allowed here), and he never fixed anything. Like, his roommate fell off the porch because he leaned on the railing.
This guy takes the cake though. I think in Ontario the Residential Tenant’s Act is pretty good at laying out what is and is not allowed, though I don’t think a lot of people actually know they have this protection.

mof (#342)

The comments on the Voice article are something to behold.

cmcm (#267)

@mof How anyone could read that article and have their reaction be SCREW YOU, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS makes me feel like there is no hope for humanity.

ThatJenn (#916)

Well, this has definitely helped me assuage my fear that I am the worst landlord (I know rationally this is not the case, but I was going in and out of my tenant’s place every few minutes without locking it over Christmas and about $300 of her belongings were stolen as a result, and I have lost SO MUCH sleep over that). Geez.

cmcm (#267)

This breaks my heart.

Remember that time when someone was mean to the lady on the bus and people donated $100,000 to her? WHY DOESN’T SOMEONE DO THAT FOR THIS WOMAN?

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