Mayor Eric Adams takes on one of New York’s most notorious landlords.
Considered one of the ‘worst landlords in New York’, Moshe ‘Morris’ Piller heads to court with more than 1,900 building violations in 927 apartments – an average of two lawsuits per unit – to face to a lawsuit brought by the mayor.
Ranked 28 on this year’s watchlist for the worst landlords, Piller has been the subject of negative media coverage over the past decade.
In 2010, The Post reported that Piller deported 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Eta Eckstein after she returned from an 18-month rehabilitation program following hip surgery. Eckstein was waiting for repairs to be made to her flat in Bensonhurst so she could return home. Eckstein’s grandson, Idan Eckstein, previously told the Post that the unit was “not habitable.”
In 2014, Piller allegedly left a disabled woman trapped in her own apartment by refusing to give her the key to a wheelchair-accessible entrance. The elderly woman – who had Alzheimer’s disease at the time, had suffered a stroke and was only able to leave her Bay Parkway building in Bay Ridge a few times in two years.
In 2016, an investigation was launched into Piller when two little sisters were killed after a faulty heater turned their Bronx apartment into a “steam room”.
“The days of landlords openly flouting the law and harassing tenants are over. This lawsuit sends a clear message that those who break the law will pay,” Adams, 61, said in a press release. “For years, Moshe Piller ignored his responsibilities as a landlord and racked up over 1,900 violations, earning him a place among the ‘worst landlords’ in town.” While Piller was making millions in profit, his tenants were paying the price. Our administration will not allow people to deliberately endanger the safety and well-being of their tenants. »
According to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in New York state court, it is stated that Piller “failed to correct numerous violations found by the issuing agencies, or failed to correct the terms under- underlying issues, which led to the repeated issuance of violations”. . For many of these breaches, months or even years have passed without defendants establishing the required compliance. »
“The defendants allowed their buildings to deteriorate to the point of posing an imminent threat to the health and safety of tenants and the public,” the suit continues.
The lawsuit will target 15 of Piller’s properties, including buildings in the Bronx, upper Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s unclear exactly how many buildings he owns across the city.
“It’s time for Moshe Piller to finally see the real consequences of tenant harassment and forcing us to live in unsafe conditions,” Altagrace Aime, Tenant Leader of the Flatbush Tenant Coalition said in a statement. “Right now we have a roof that leaks every time it rains. He is endangering the lives of people here in Brooklyn and in the Bronx.
New York Post