Con Edison May Terminate Service to 113 Stanton Street Thanks to Landlord Samy Mahfar
There is enough dirt on controversial real estate baron Samy Mahfar to fill the lot of converted luxury apartments he creates. Time to shovel more…
Indeed. It appears that Con Edison is a week from shutting power to 113 Stanton Street, the five-story tenement Mahfar purchased last year for $5.25 million. A notice was taped to the front door yesterday afternoon. Apparently the utility company “has not received an application for service for the public light and power account in this building.” As such, electricity, gas, water, and heat will be turned off January 15, unless the landlord remedies the situation.
This is a scary turn of events for residents of 113 Stanton, especially given the Arctic freeze descending upon the region this week. Our tipster quotes a Con Edison worker outside the building as saying that the letter is “very serious” and that it means the “new landlord is disregarding his duty to provide info or payment for the building’s utilities.” We are told the issuance of this particular letter is rather rare. Said worker noted that “you don’t just forget to create a Con Ed utilities account when you buy a building…”
Tenant harassment technique? Seems so.
Meanwhile, a stop-work order dated from 2011 is still active at 113 Stanton. There is only one vacant unit in the building – apartment 4 on the fifth floor – and Mahfar cannot legally renovate while this violation sits unresolved. But that’s not stopping construction activities. The job to remodel number 4 and construct a roof deck was approved back in October, while a complaint on file at the Department of Buildings alleges illegality.
This latest news nugget arrives a day after we reported that Mahfar and company are facing the music over at the DOB. The city agency audited a pair of permits and failed the landlord for not including the Tenant Protection Plan. Permit revocation is likely.