New owners vow to fix Stratford Place apartment building in Newark

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By Bradford Mason
Managing Editor

The new owners of a public housing building in Newark reach a deal to keep residents in their apartments after reports of horrendous living conditions.  

A nightmare is what residents at a Newark public housing building say that caused the city to say they must leave because the property is unlivable. Reports indicate the public housing buildings,  located at 17-23 Stratford Avenue, has mold, rodents, no heat, water issues and security problems are just a few of the problems residents are dealing with.

The building was owned by Aspen Stratford NY LLC of Spring Valley, NY who were reportedly making no effort to fix things.

"Inspectors found numerous violations, including rodents, roaches, mold, broken emergency doors, a broken elevator and non-working smoke detectors," Newark officials said in a statement. "The city filed charges against the landlord and if they are found guilty they will be required to close the building and move the tenants at their expense."

Residents were scheduled to leave on Thursday after the city condemn the building, however, new owners. who reportedly acquired the building a couple weeks ago, said they plan to bring the building up to code.

Renovation to the building could take up to 18 month and families in the building are being moved to another location while the building is fixed, according to reports.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka recently announced the passage and signature of a wide-ranging municipal ordinance designed to strongly curtail abusive behavior by Newark landlords in maintaining apartments, and renting out their properties to tenants using subsidized vouchers to pay rents.

The ordinance will require landlords to have apartments they own be fully inspected by the Division of Housing Code Enforcement before they can be rented to new tenants, and receive a Certificate of Code Compliance. This will prevent landlords from renting uninhabitable apartments.

Landlords who rent apartments that do not earn a Certificate of Code Compliance will be required to relocate the tenant in the same building, or issue all security deposits, so that the tenant can secure a new rental unit, or provide the tenant with three months of rent paid so that the tenant can secure another rental unit.

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