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Williamsburg, NY - Bedford Gardens Residents Angry At Proposed 19% Rent Hike

Published on: June 13, 2012 09:03 PM
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Williamsburg, NY - Hundreds of angry Williamsburg residents are up in arms over a proposed rent hike that they say is too high and not deserved.

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The management company for the Bedford Gardens on Ross St. has proposed a 19% rent hike across the board to cover renovation costs.

Officials at Kraus Management sent tenants a letter in March informing them about their proposal to jack up the rent.

The city Dept. of Housing, Preservation and Development and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development will ultimately decided if the increases at the rent subsidized building will go through.

“The exorbitant rent hikes being proposed at Bedford Gardens are putting an affordable development at risk of no longer being affordable,” District Leader Licoln Restler (D-Williamsburg) said.

Max Klein, 55, said the hallways and elevators constantly smell like urine and are never cleaned.


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 Jun 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Even with a 20 percent increase, the rent on these apartments will be well below market and a real bargain. The tennants have no reason to complain since these buildings are in much better shape than comparable subsidized housing units. Kraus managment's application for the rent increase lays out the financial need for higher rents. While Kraus has been accused of self-dealing since his own companies provide most of the support services to these units, he has been fully transparent about the arrangments between his service companies and the company that owns the project. The tennants have every right to move elsewhere if they don't like the increase.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM UseYourHead Says:

That's what happens when you have the government telling owners what they can charge.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

They are paying 300% less than most of us. No one is going to feel bad for them.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM Mandel Says:

Wow. what a positive meeting we the residence appreciated the people and elected officials for participating at the meeting especially congresswoman nidya Velazquez flew down from washington,she is fighting always for us making sure affordable housing prices stays affordable!! Just for the records the last year she broad 52.3 million dollar for affordable housing that's a big accomplishment.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Even with a 20 percent increase, the rent on these apartments will be well below market and a real bargain. The tennants have no reason to complain since these buildings are in much better shape than comparable subsidized housing units. Kraus managment's application for the rent increase lays out the financial need for higher rents. While Kraus has been accused of self-dealing since his own companies provide most of the support services to these units, he has been fully transparent about the arrangments between his service companies and the company that owns the project. The tennants have every right to move elsewhere if they don't like the increase.

Do you work for them?

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM Anonymous Says:

It's an Aaroni propeganda. Election is coming up June 26. All names mentioned in this article are from the Aaroni side.
Why didn't they mention council member Steve Levin who is extremely instrumental in this case? Nydia Velesquez didn't deliver anything! Its typical of the aroinim who just love running to the media with inflated stories!

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM Anonymous Says:

How about all the people who reside in the new condo's? They pay over $3,000 rent? Stop crying foul!

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM Anonymous Says:

And lest anyone forget that on top of cheap rent they don't pay electricity bills!!! That said if I'd be living there I wldnt either appreciate such a drastic increase especially in one lump increase

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

They are paying 300% less than most of us. No one is going to feel bad for them.

300% less? Are you saying they are paid 200%? What are you saying. 100% less already is zero.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM shocking_news Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Even with a 20 percent increase, the rent on these apartments will be well below market and a real bargain. The tennants have no reason to complain since these buildings are in much better shape than comparable subsidized housing units. Kraus managment's application for the rent increase lays out the financial need for higher rents. While Kraus has been accused of self-dealing since his own companies provide most of the support services to these units, he has been fully transparent about the arrangments between his service companies and the company that owns the project. The tennants have every right to move elsewhere if they don't like the increase.

What are you talking about, paying $1675 for a 950 ft apt is well below market?!! leaving vacant apt for months, and self-dealing with there own companies Kraus plumbing Kraus electrical etc. and bill the bedford gardens co. top dollar. that has to stop!!

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 03:22 AM Hakuton Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Do you work for them?

Don't you see?

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 06:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Do you work for them?

No but somone who is quite frustrated to see NYC's housing decline because of a recurring cycle of government -imposed below market rents and failure to upgrade or maintain existing houseing or build new housing. Real estate investment dollars are flowing where they earn the highest retun, NOT to where some bureaucrat or politiician thinks the needs are. If government wants to subsidide houseing do it directly for the MOST needy, not every elderly or lon income person should get subsidies. Most of them can or should work, even minimimum wage jobs. I see greeters at the Walmart in their late 70s and 80s working to pay thier rents. Thats sad but thats reality.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 08:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
shocking_news Says:

What are you talking about, paying $1675 for a 950 ft apt is well below market?!! leaving vacant apt for months, and self-dealing with there own companies Kraus plumbing Kraus electrical etc. and bill the bedford gardens co. top dollar. that has to stop!!

A comparable 1000 sq ft apartment should cost anywhere from $2000 to $2500/month depending on location and amenities. Kraus clearly discloses his affiliate relationships. They have been reviewed and approved for payment. Nothing shocking here other than yidden like you looking for more subsidies and handouts and crying gevalt when someone pulls the pigs away from the troth.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 09:48 AM DavidCohen Says:

You know, there are much cheaper places to live in other parts of the country. There really are communities that offer better quality of life (actual backyards where kids can safely play, windows that don't need bars on them, the ability for children to walk to school or ride bikes or actually be kids) while offering fewer distractions ... All it takes is the brains to realize that NY and NJ is not the end all.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM a134701457 Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Even with a 20 percent increase, the rent on these apartments will be well below market and a real bargain. The tennants have no reason to complain since these buildings are in much better shape than comparable subsidized housing units. Kraus managment's application for the rent increase lays out the financial need for higher rents. While Kraus has been accused of self-dealing since his own companies provide most of the support services to these units, he has been fully transparent about the arrangments between his service companies and the company that owns the project. The tennants have every right to move elsewhere if they don't like the increase.

do you live there that your'e talking?? my parents live there they pay $1700 for a 3 bedroom apartement and a 19% increae is total for $1900 and let me see your rent getting raised that much and then talk

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM GEULA Says:

They should all be quiet. They pay so little as it is; and the apartments are so normal and functional.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM not personally involved Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

A comparable 1000 sq ft apartment should cost anywhere from $2000 to $2500/month depending on location and amenities. Kraus clearly discloses his affiliate relationships. They have been reviewed and approved for payment. Nothing shocking here other than yidden like you looking for more subsidies and handouts and crying gevalt when someone pulls the pigs away from the troth.

You said A comparable 1000 sq ft apartment should cost...
I do not live there and get no subsidies.
I have never been in the building, I have not even seen the hallways etc. I am sure you must have because cops, comparable values do take these into account. I work elsewhere in Willy and find the Kraus buildings have a slum ambiance.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
a134701457 Says:

do you live there that your'e talking?? my parents live there they pay $1700 for a 3 bedroom apartement and a 19% increae is total for $1900 and let me see your rent getting raised that much and then talk

Wow! your parents only pay $1,700 a month? And $1,700 includes 24 hours free Air Condition.

Do you know that most people outside Bedford Gardens paid last year in the summer at least $350 a month just for Con Edison?

Tell your parents that they are Supper Spoiled. Bedford Gardens is gold compared to Clemente if they want they could move to Clemente.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM BP renter Says:

If you dont like the cost of rent, move somewhere else, or see if you can get anything nearby for that price. If you can - then move. If not, suck it up & stop complaining.
I have a 2 bedroom, and pay 2000 / month without utilities.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 01:51 PM a134701457 Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Wow! your parents only pay $1,700 a month? And $1,700 includes 24 hours free Air Condition.

Do you know that most people outside Bedford Gardens paid last year in the summer at least $350 a month just for Con Edison?

Tell your parents that they are Supper Spoiled. Bedford Gardens is gold compared to Clemente if they want they could move to Clemente.

are there any apartments in clemente that your'e talking?? there are none and the reasons why we pay these amounts of rent are cause of idiots like you, if people wouldn't have offered $2000 rent when its not worth that much we wouldn't have paid that much and there are some rules on how much you can raise, a 19% raise in outrages

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM BaruchBendit Says:

Section 8; ain't it great!
WIC and HEAT are really neat!
Families First - it could be worse!

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM richman Says:

NYC Councilmember Steve Levin arrived at the end of the Meeting and he asked to speak, he started saying that he is against a 16% percent increase in Clemente, so the crowd started yelling it's 19% increase and it's Bedford Gardens not Clemente, he was totally not prepared with the facts.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 08:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

No but somone who is quite frustrated to see NYC's housing decline because of a recurring cycle of government -imposed below market rents and failure to upgrade or maintain existing houseing or build new housing. Real estate investment dollars are flowing where they earn the highest retun, NOT to where some bureaucrat or politiician thinks the needs are. If government wants to subsidide houseing do it directly for the MOST needy, not every elderly or lon income person should get subsidies. Most of them can or should work, even minimimum wage jobs. I see greeters at the Walmart in their late 70s and 80s working to pay thier rents. Thats sad but thats reality.

So you want the elderly to go work and the poor to steal to live...is that it..After having worked most of their lives...you want to work them to death...not everyone is capable of working in their seventies and eighties ....and you can't blame people who do work and don't bring home enough. As far as I know, Hashem provides parnassa, we just have to do our hishtadlus and try to earn a living...We should be happy today to have any wage...some people are home for months without parnassa...and if the gov't can subsidize so that people can live like "mentchen"..sorry..."fargin" it for them....and get over it.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 08:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
a134701457 Says:

do you live there that your'e talking?? my parents live there they pay $1700 for a 3 bedroom apartement and a 19% increae is total for $1900 and let me see your rent getting raised that much and then talk

My parents lived there until they both passed on...for thirty someodd years...didn't get subsidy...however...there is nothing to write home about the apartments. small ugly kitchens, can't move an inch. two people can't stand in there...they don't allow you to change anything...the floors are commercial floors, hard to manage...the bathroom is.....no vanity even...it aint worth less!!!! So please,all you talkers out there that don't fargin yidden to live a normal life, if you they can't afford it ...shame on you all.
If you have a decent apartment and could afford paying it...good for you and thank Hashem for your luck....BECAUSE THAT'S IT IS...LUCK...YOUR WHEEL COULD TURN TOMORROW....AND MAYBE YOU WILL HAVE TO GO OUT AND BEG...SO GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES AND LET OTHERS LIVE TOO.

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
a134701457 Says:

are there any apartments in clemente that your'e talking?? there are none and the reasons why we pay these amounts of rent are cause of idiots like you, if people wouldn't have offered $2000 rent when its not worth that much we wouldn't have paid that much and there are some rules on how much you can raise, a 19% raise in outrages

Outrageous....

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 Jun 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

So you want the elderly to go work and the poor to steal to live...is that it..After having worked most of their lives...you want to work them to death...not everyone is capable of working in their seventies and eighties ....and you can't blame people who do work and don't bring home enough. As far as I know, Hashem provides parnassa, we just have to do our hishtadlus and try to earn a living...We should be happy today to have any wage...some people are home for months without parnassa...and if the gov't can subsidize so that people can live like "mentchen"..sorry..."fargin" it for them....and get over it.

I have heard on the street that there is a program called “Social Security” for retired people. Do some research…

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