15 Van Buren Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

8 Units

Built in 1931

4 Floors

Rent Stabilized Units: Yes
Evictions: 0
Litigation History: Yes
1 Year Bedbug History: No
Pet Friendly: Unknown
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In the past three years, this building had:
5 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.
Data last updated 8 days ago.
BUILDING AVERAGE:
2.37 violation per unit
NEW YORK CITY AVERAGE:
0.81 violation per unit
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Non-hazardous
8
class A
i.e. no peephole on a door, or no street # on the building, unlawful keeping of animals
MOST RECENT:
Apr 16, 2024: (a) § hmc:file annual bedbug report in accordance with hpd rule as described on the back of this notice of violation or as described on hpds website, www.nyc.gov\hpd, search bed bugs.
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Hazardous
7
class B
i.e. smoke detector issues, inadequate lighting, no lighting for stairways
MOST RECENT:
Mar 25, 2021: section 27-2045 adm code repair or replace the smoke detector defective located at apt 4b, 4th story, 1st apartment from west at north
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Immediately hazardous
4
class C
i.e. rodents, pest, mold, inadequate heat or hot water, defective building parts
MOST RECENT:
Mar 25, 2021: section 27-2005 adm code properly repair the broken or defective locking assembly at building entrance door , 1st story
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Missing information/filings
0
class I
Missing or non-compliant with administrative information orders or filings
MOST RECENT:
No violation found...
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Property Owners and Associates
S
Sibx Park 15
1.8(5)
Corporate Owner
1 Property8 Units
Litigation History: Yes
Evictions: 0
J
Joe Stein
1.8(5)
Site Manager
Agent
1 Property8 Units
Litigation History: Yes
Evictions: 0
H
Herman Sbein
1.8(5)
Head Officer
1 Property8 Units
Litigation History: Yes
Evictions: 0
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Renter Recommendations

--% of renters recommend this building

--% of renters approve of this owner

Rents and Deposits

-- of renters received their security deposits back
It HAS NOT been reported if this building accepts electronic rent payments.

Reviews (5)

Over 1 year ago
This man lied about his name and just got out of prison
Former Tenant
Pros:
It seemed cute
Cons:
The landlord is a slumlord who lied about his name and pretended to not be who he was to hide his prison conviction.
Over 2 years ago
Slumlord property - stay away
Former Tenant
Pros:
Close to the park. Tenants in the building are generally friendly.
Cons:
- Garbage piles up to the point of rat and pest infestation. - upon moving in, the apartment was FILTHY, filled with prior tenants belongings, covered in dust and disgusting mysterious stains all over the place. It was downright uninhabitable and an immediate violation - Front door has been broken for two months and landlord doesn’t fix it. - doorbells don’t work and packages are constantly stolen if they are left outside or in the mail room (because the front door is broken) - illegally overcharging, as this is a rent stabilized building that has not been appropriately registered. - windows in units and stairwell are broken, with glass on the ground. - walls are thin and you can hear everything - platforms in the units have mold - common areas are filthy - covered in dust, leftover food, etc. It has not been cleaned in years. - landlord barges into my apartment without any consent, and whenever he wants. - kitchen fixtures are cheap as all hell. - doors do not have secure locks whatsoever.
Over 2 years ago
Never move here
Former Tenant
Pros:
Literally the only nice thing is the view on the roof maybe.
Cons:
The landlord sucks. He walks into the apartment without any notice or knocking, which is also very illegal and he is very manipulative. We found out through a lawyer that this building is supposed to be eight hundred something dollars rent stabilized, but instead each room is charged $1300+ , AND It’s not a legitimate lease. The building isn’t registered and you cannot collect rent or rent out a property this size that isn’t registered- the building is considered a hazard. This was the worst experience I've ever had, and I hope that literally nobody gives this man their money or moves here. Definitely do your research.
Advice to owner:
Do better. You're a scammer and you suck.
Over 2 years ago
Landlord kept my security deposit.
Former Tenant
Pros:
Large rooms, lofted beds create nice extra space, large and well appointed living spaces with plenty of space, great kitchen space for NYC, modern bathrooms, amazing rooftop which is perfect for the New York summer, relatively quiet street, a stones throw from the park! Great neighbourhood. Nice apartment building atmosphere, very relaxed.
Cons:
This landlord is bad news, heating and water system failed at least eight times over the course of one winter and they refused to invest in finding a permanent solution, landlord would enter apartments without warning nor thorough reasoning, we always felt like we were being monitored in our own apartment, the rooms were overpriced at the time, landlord kept my deposit and other’s who have since left the building (his response to me when I left and requested my deposit was that he was ‘NOT AN ATM’), landlord was not timely in responding to issues. We also became aware that the building owner was in prison for property and landlord offences and that we were paying rent to his brother who was masquerading as him! The building is also relatively far away from a bigger supermarket, laundromat (no onsite laundry) and the local trains. Poorly built apartments, ie. thin roof, you can hear everything upstairs, cheap kitchen fixtures, etc.
Advice to owner:
You need to be more transparent and honest with your renters, particularly when deposits and fees are paid in good faith. Honestly, the landlord situation made living there not worth the hassle. I personally think the management were taking advantage of a certain type of renter and approved people who were renting in New York for the first time, mostly foreigners and students who were more naïve to the way the rental market works in New York. Contracts were ignored and this is frankly against the law.
Over 2 years ago
The building has potential but definitely some drawbacks.
Former Tenant
Pros:
Lofted beds, stainless steel appliances, large windows.
Cons:
Very unprofessional. Application process leaves a lot to be desired.
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