Laurence Gluck’s Stellar Management has been accused by the residents of two of his Upper West Side buildings of harassment with the intended goal of chasing them out of their rent stabilized apartments.
According to the complaints made by twenty people who live in either 50 or 70 West 93rd Street, the buildings’ owners have been calling them with requests to vacate their homes. They also assert that false accusations have been made against them regarding lease violations, such as having a main place of residence somewhere else, so that their leases could be voided.
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Preston Gordon III, a 53 year old who lives in a studio apartment there, told the New York Daily News, “They said I didn’t live here and they wouldn’t give me a new lease. They want all of the rent- stabilized people out of the building.”
Stellar has also reportedly offered tens of thousands of dollars to some rent control tenants to move out. This would be worth the money as the market rates for apartment on the Upper West Side are considerably higher that the rent stabilized ones.
Some residents are paying as little as $869 a month for units that could fetch as much as $3, 600 on the open market.
Built in 1970, 70 West 93rd Street is a 31 floor tower rental apartment building with 203 units. It has one to three bedroom renovated apartments with hardwood floors, terraces, stainless steel appliances and granite kitchen countertops. There is also an on site garage, a full time doorman and a courtyard.
The building’s website states that it, “lives up to the high-caliber reputation of the Upper West Side neighborhood that it is located within. It is situated on a quiet, pet-friendly, tree-lined street and is nestled within a vibrant and community based neighborhood.”
Built in 1971, 50 West 93rd Street has 124 apartments over 8 floors. The apartments come with terraces and hardwood floors. The building has a doorman and a parking garage.
Stellar’s website states that it, “is situated on a quiet, pet-friendly, tree-lined street and is nestled within a vibrant and community based neighborhood close to some of the best schools in New York City.”
The two buildings were acquired by Stellar in 2006