515 Lafayette Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205

3 Units

Built in 1899

2 Floors

Rent Stabilized Units: Unknown
Evictions: 0
Litigation History: No
1 Year Bedbug History: No
Pet Friendly: Unknown
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In the past three years, this building had:
3 complaints
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Open Violations
A violation is issued to a building when a city inspector from NYC's Department of Housing Preservation and Development validates and confirms a complaint made to 311. The violations listed below are open violations that have yet to be addressed or have not been confirmed as resolved by the city.
Duration in the past 10 years.
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BUILDING AVERAGE:
0.66 violation per unit
NEW YORK CITY AVERAGE:
0.81 violation per unit
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Non-hazardous
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class A
i.e. no peephole on a door, or no street # on the building, unlawful keeping of animals
MOST RECENT:
No violation found...
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Hazardous
0
class B
i.e. smoke detector issues, inadequate lighting, no lighting for stairways
MOST RECENT:
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Immediately hazardous
2
class C
i.e. rodents, pest, mold, inadequate heat or hot water, defective building parts
MOST RECENT:
Mar 18, 2020: § 27-2033 adm code provide ready access to buildings heating system door locked at basement
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Missing information/filings
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class I
Missing or non-compliant with administrative information orders or filings
MOST RECENT:
No violation found...
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Reviews (2)

Over 1 year ago
Too bad about the owner
Former Tenant
Pros:
Something about this place is so homey. Love the exposed beam structure and the warm lighting. The living area was big enough we could have a counter, couch, kitchen table, work desk, tv, etc. Not too loud in the street-facing area. It was a nice place for ppl who don’t like those cold renovated apartments. No amenities but it just had a good atmosphere and location. Also the rent increase was the smallest I ever had.
Cons:
The owner, Joel, is ridiculous. Seriously, if you google him, you’ll see his buildings have tons of violations and he’s had his license revoked before according to some court docs?? Illegal basement unit, massive cockroach infestation and won’t send an exterminator, awful bathroom flooding, didn’t respond quickly to broken water heater and we had to call 311, wouldn’t fix busted screens or basically anything. It’s too bad because I’d have loved to remain here if it was properly maintained and Joel wasn’t constantly trying to “get away” with something.
Advice to owner:
Maybe consider…NOT breaking the law sometimes?
Over 2 years ago
Joel Karpen is a crook
Former Tenant
Pros:
None at all
Cons:
The landlord is not helpful, tries to rent bottom unit as a 4 bedroom even though one room ha and windows and the other floods when it rains. Over priced, technically illegal basement dwellings. Massive pest problems including cockroaches Roaches AND rats. Poor management of trash areas, refuses to fix anything. Ceilings leak. Building is a fire hazard. DO NOT RENT FROM THIS MAN.
Advice to owner:
Get a life
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