Slumlords, as they're called, make a mockery of the landlord profession. They'll take your hard-earned rent money but do little or nothing in return when it comes to enabling you to enjoy your apartment living. The apartment buildings these slumlords own are ones you should avoid at all costs—they're horribly mismanaged, leading to serious health, safety, and building code violations.
Check the Slumlord Database to Steer Clear of These Apartments
Thanks to a database created and maintained by Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, New York City apartment dwellers have a user-friendly resource for learning which slumlord-owned buildings to steer clear of while apartment hunting.
Landlords qualify for the Slumlord Watch List if their buildings have unresolved, life-threatening violations. Specifically, buildings with fewer than 35 apartments make the list if they average three open, serious violations (B and C violations) per apartment. Larger buildings must have an average of at least two open serious violations (B and C violations) per apartment.
How to Find Slumlord Buildings in NYC
There are no searches to run with the Slumlord Watch List. Instead, full results conveniently appear plotted on an interactive Google map, which gets updated weekly. Clicking on a marked building on the map lets you get that building's address. If you're interested in renting an apartment in a particular neighborhood, you can zoom in on the appropriate part of the map to see which buildings to avoid.
How to Report Slumlord Buildings
Hopefully, you're not living in a building that would qualify for the Slumlord Watch List. But if you are, you can submit information to the Watch List for possible inclusion.
Use the submission form directly below the map to provide the location and condition of your building along with your contact information. If it fits the Watch List's criteria, it will appear in the map as a warning to prospective tenants.