For 28-year-old Jordan Mendelsohn, living in a luxury building with a rooftop swimming pool, private gym, floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan, the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty all a stone’s throw from New York City is a big deal. It sounded like a dream. In September 2020 when he received the keys to a two-bedroom apartment for $3,600 a month.
In March 2021, lawyer Mendelsohn received a call from his fiancée saying that the elevator of his 49-story building (70 Green) in Jersey City was flooded.
“There was water in the elevator. We ended up having to climb 72 steps,” Mendelsohn, who lives on the 36th floor, told The Post. It took her 40 minutes to hike to her apartment, she said. There she found cats running around in fear, with no power and a leaking ceiling.
“We had never experienced anything like this before,” she said, noting pipes that had burst inside the building. The same thing happened to her, she said. At the time, it was so bad that hordes of residents had to move to a nearby hotel for four days, sources told The Post.
according to listing portal rent, jersey city is the best American cities that are expensive to live inMore than 260 building residents have spoken out in a community chat about building management — public real estate company Equity Residential owns numerous waterfront properties in Jersey City, New York City, DC, Boston and San Francisco. others. Some complaints include maintenance staff who were unable to turn off the building’s water during recent floods, reportedly urging a 9-month-old pregnant woman to leave the building. When I did, I fell down the stairs. Other complaints include property damage, leaks causing elevator and hot water outages.
During the last flood, an elevator fell 10 floors down before the emergency brakes kicked in, a source told The Post. (Equity Residential has denied this claim.) You can find more evidence and scathing reviews on Google, Yelp, and TikTok.
“This building is a complete nightmare. It was duct taped together years ago and its pipes explode every six months,” a Yelp user who calls himself John B. I am writing.
“The elevator was designed by a squirrel and is only 25% occupied. I don’t care what website tells you that.” [sic] 5 stars or who in the building says so [sic] No fancy building should live here,” he urged. One star review.
Other current residents would agree, especially after the last flooding incident.
“You had to go through dark stairs. A 46-year-old resident told the Post.
“There was no action plan from Equity until four days after the incident. Imagine being homeless for four days. In a place where is prohibitive, the fact that it took four days to come up with a solution plan is unheard of,” they said.
A spokeswoman for Equity Residential said residents will be reimbursed for their hotel stay and property damage. A spokeswoman told The Post that she was unaware of a pregnant woman falling in a building flood in August.
Another resident, Clarissa Ratman, said that after the last flood, puddles leaked from the elevator ceiling, the gymnasium was flooded, the carpet was dirty, and a fire engine appeared to assess the situation outside the building, and the occupancy posted a video on TikTok showing a person climbing the stairs.
“I have lived here for over three years and have experienced many dangerous situations that culminated in poor maintenance of building pipes after the third major flood.” Building Retribution Afraid of that, said. “The building is running away from us without communicating with us,” the source said, claiming 70 Green was “removing reviews” while raising rents by as much as 30%.
Jersey City, often referred to as New York City’s invisible sixth borough, has an average rent of $5,500. Listing portal As The Post previously reported. Mendelsohn started packing after seeing his own two-bedroom apartment listed for $5,942 from her $3,600 COVID contract she got in 2020.
“We ended up chasing them [70 Greene] The lease renewal brought us back to $4,400, but that was still an increase of $600 over the course of the year,” Mendelson says.
Another woman, who paid nearly $3,900 for a one-bedroom, suffered $1,500 in property damage from recent flooding, causing a leak in the ceiling of her 15th-floor room, destroying clothing, shoes, and items she shares with her partner. Bedding and personal items in the apartment. Luckily, she had the tenant’s insurance, and the building offered to help.
“Unfortunately, a pipe burst recently at 70 Greene, causing water damage to many apartment units and common areas, impacting normal elevator operations,” said Marty McKenna, spokesperson for Equity Residential. told The Post.
“We have been working with affected residents to find other accommodations that we are paying for. We are also offering rent reductions to our residents. We are working with the company to assess the cause of the pipe rupture and make necessary repairs at 70 Green.”
But Mendelsohn is alarmed after seeing such a message from the management company. She and her fiancé are moving next month.
“At the end of the day, it’s not worth it,” she said.