With Tundra Temps, One Orchard Street Resident Battles Misrahi Over Lack of Heat

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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We received the following communique yesterday from Billy Taylor, a resident of 166 Orchard Street. Apparently, the heating for his apartment keeps cutting out, and he’s been battling landlord (Aaron Smilowitz) and management (Misrahi Realty) to have it restored. Maybe this type of BS will stop with all of Sheldon Silver’s cronies being exposed – Sion Misrahi as one of them.

It’s starting to feel like Sion Misrahi wants in on Samy Mahfar’s spotlight.

I’m neither the daughter of a Russian Oligarch, nor a bro who sucks at the teat of a hedge fund. I’m a 40-something guy, pay my rent on time, work my ass off, and want to believe there is some hope for this neighborhood, regardless of how bleak things appear. Living at 166 Orchard last summer presented its own set of challenges. Immediate neighbor to Hell Square fav, Hair of the Dog, left me with many a sleepless night, and days which often start off side-stepping a puddle of puke or hurdling kegs stacked outside my front door.

When the fall came, life got worse. The heat started to go, and the help wasn’t there.

Last October, a call to Brownstone Management (housed at the Misrahi Realty Offices on 88 Rivington) was simple enough to get my pilot light re-lit on the boiler housed in the building’s basement. Four months and nine outages later – some lasting as long as 24 hours at a stretch – and this has turned into a major case of neglect. Calls to the emergency after-hours number go unanswered. Promises of plumbers turn out to be a Brownstone maintenance worker wielding a zippo and a hammer, again and again. Lies, threats, and just plain indifference from Misrahi’s people keep me running me in circles, chasing my tail. It’s 27 degrees out, dammit. I want HEAT.

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Everywhere but my apartment, Sion!

I told them I’m looking for a new place – as this unit has become uninhabitable due to neglect – and they threatened to come after me for remaining rent. (Ends in April)

This morning, Misrahi himself told me I could break the lease if I get out by the end of the day TODAY, and they would prorate the rent for this month. I responded that I’m not even thinking about rent at this point, that I want an upfront return of my security and a prorated refund of the broker fee. I’m trying my best, but have my doubts on how this is going to end.

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