Hunger Strike Ends as 85 Bowery Nears Deal with Landlord to Return Home

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Photo: Caitlyn Kelmar

Things might be looking up for the displaced residents of 85 Bowery, who are claiming victory after another brief hunger strike against landlord Joseph Betesh.

At ground zero of the rally Friday (City Hall) and in front of roughly one hundred supporters, advocates announced that 85 Bowery tenants ended the hunger strike as a deal nears with landlord Joseph Betesh on a deadline for return home.

According to the alleged deal points, the parties set a deadline of August 31 for tenants to move back with monetary compensation for any overage time. Purported fee of $250 per day per family would be due as overage; if deadline goes past 2 weeks, the compensation would increase to $500 per day per family.

Team Betesh was quick to point out that no such deal is in the making, though.

“As the tenants are well aware, we have been working for months to repair the dangerous conditions which predated our ownership and caused the DOB to vacate the building,” a spokesperson told us in an email. “As per our previous updates to the tenants and their representative, they have also been aware for weeks that our goal is to complete that work by the end of the summer, barring unforeseen circumstances. However, a great deal of work remains to be done – and while discussions are ongoing and we remain committed to moving families back into the building as quickly as possible, it is not correct to state that an agreement has been reached.”

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