Ben Lyons

22 Properties

881 Units

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.
This owner/manager has a total of 120 violations which is 0.13 violations per unit for their entire portfolio.
That is better than the city average, which is 0.59 violations per unit.
Non-hazardous
37Class A
Non-Hazardous violations (i.e. no peephole on a door, or no street # on the building)
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Hazardous
53Class B
Hazardous violations (i.e. smoke detector issues, inadequate lighting)
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Immediately-hazardous
28Class C
Immediately Hazardous (i.e. rodents, inadequate heat or hot water)
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Missing information/filings
2Class I
Missing or non-compliant with administrative infromation orders or filings
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Approval DateDescriptionCurrent Status
2022-02-15(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 hpd?s website, www.nyc.gov\hpd, search bed bugs.Nov sent out
2022-02-15(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 hpd?s website, www.nyc.gov\hpd, search bed bugs.Nov sent out
2021-09-20Section 329, m/d law and dept. rules and regs. provide a completed certificate of inspection visits in a proper frame at or near mailboxes, bottom edge of frame between 48-62 inches above floor missing at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2021-09-20Section 27-2045 adm code post a proper notice of smoke detector requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, at or near the mail box missing at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2021-09-20Section 27-2046.1 hmc: post a proper notice of carbon monoxide detecting device requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, in a common area of a class a multiple dwelling near inspection certificate or provide notice to tenants in a private dwelling.Nov sent out
2021-06-16Section 27-2011 adm code cleanse to the satisfaction of this department the mold on grout around bathtub in the bathroom located at apt 3e, 3rd story, 1st apartment from south at westNov sent out
2021-06-02Section 300 m/d law file plans and application and legalize the following alteration or restore to the legal condition existing prior to the making of said alteration bulkhead converted to a scuttle openingNov sent out
2020-08-18Section 27-2011 adm code cleanse to the satisfaction of this department the floors at all stories at public hallNov sent out
2019-08-03Section 26-1103 admin. code: post and maintain a proper notice on wall of the entrance story in english and spanish on the availability of the agency?s housing information guide. a sample notice can be found at www.nyc.gov/hpd. at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2019-08-03Section 27-2104 adm code post and maintain a proper sign on wall of entrance story showing the registration number assigned by the department and the address of the building. at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2019-08-03Section 27-2053 adm code post sign on wall of entrance story bearing name, address including apartment number if any, and telephone number of superintendent, janitor or housekeeper. at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2019-08-03Section 27-2005 hmc: post, in a form approved by the commissioner, and maintain a notice in a common area of the building regarding the procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2019-08-03Section 27-2045 adm code post a proper notice of smoke detector requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, at or near the mail box sign missing at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2019-08-03Section 329, m/d law and dept. rules and regs. provide a completed certificate of inspection visits in a proper frame at or near mailboxes, bottom edge of frame between 48-62 inches above floor frame missing at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2019-08-03Section 27-2046.1 hmc: post a proper notice of carbon monoxide detecting device requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, in a common area of a class a multiple dwelling near inspection certificate or provide notice to tenants in a private dwelling. at public hall, 1st storyInvalid certification
2018-09-28Section 27-2053 adm code post sign on wall of entrance story bearing name, address including apartment number if any, and telephone number of superintendent, janitor or housekeeper. at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2018-09-28Section 27-2005 hmc: post, in a form approved by the commissioner, and maintain a notice in a common area of the building regarding the procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2018-09-28Section 27-2045 adm code post a proper notice of smoke detector requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, at or near the mail box missing at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2018-09-28Section 26-1103 admin. code: post and maintain a proper notice on wall of the entrance story in english and spanish on the availability of the agency?s housing information guide. a sample notice can be found at www.nyc.gov/hpd. at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2018-09-28Section 27-2104 adm code post and maintain a proper sign on wall of entrance story showing the registration number assigned by the department and the address of the building. at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2018-09-28Section 27-2048 adm code paint or post a sign indicating floors at or near stairs all stories at public hallNov sent out
2018-09-28Section 27-2046.1 hmc: post a proper notice of carbon monoxide detecting device requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, in a common area of a class a multiple dwelling near inspection certificate or provide notice to tenants in a private dwelling. at public hall, 1st storyNov sent out
2018-09-12Section 27-2104 adm code post and maintain a proper sign on wall of entrance story showing the registration number assigned by the department and the address of the building. at public hall, 1st storyNov certified late
2018-09-12Section 27-2046.1 hmc: post a proper notice of carbon monoxide detecting device requirements, in a form approved by the commissioner, in a common area of a class a multiple dwelling near inspection certificate or provide notice to tenants in a private dwelling. at public hall, 1st storyNov certified late
2018-09-12Section 27-2053 adm code post sign on wall of entrance story bearing name, address including apartment number if any, and telephone number of superintendent, janitor or housekeeper. at public hall, 1st storyNov certified late
2018-03-09Section 27-2005 hmc: post, in a form approved by the commissioner, and maintain a notice in a common area of the building regarding the procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected at public hall, 1st storyNot complied with
2018-03-09Section 26-1103 admin. code: post and maintain a proper notice on wall of the entrance story in english and spanish on the availability of the agency?s housing information guide. a sample notice can be found at www.nyc.gov/hpd. at public hall, 1st storyNot complied with
2016-05-25Section 300 m/d law file plans and application and legalize the following alteration or restore to the legal condition existing prior to the making of said alteration accustic ceiling in the entire apartment located at apt 16, 5th story, 1st apartment from south at westNov sent out
2016-05-25Section 27-2005 adm code replace with new the broken or defective floor covering in the entire apartment located at apt 16, 5th story, 1st apartment from south at westNov sent out
2016-05-20Section 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective vinyl floor tiles in the 3rd room from north at east located at apt 19, 6th story, 1st apartment from east at southNov sent out
2016-05-20Section 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective vinyl floor tiles in the 3rd room from north at west located at apt 19, 6th story, 1st apartment from east at southNov sent out
2016-05-19Section 27-2005 hmc:trace and repair the source and abate the nuisance consisting of mold ... at window frame in the bathroom located at apt 6, 2nd story, 1st apartment from west at northNov sent out
2016-04-22Section 27-2013 adm code paint with light colored paint to the satisfaction of this department all walls and ceiling through out in the entire apartment located at apt 7, 3rd story, 1st apartment from south at westNov sent out
2015-07-02Section 300 m/d law file plans and application and legalize the following alteration or restore to the legal condition existing prior to the making of said alteration wood panels installed on all walls in the 1st room from north at west located at apt 6, 2nd story, 1st apartment from west at northNov sent out
2015-07-02Section 300 m/d law file plans and application and legalize the following alteration or restore to the legal condition existing prior to the making of said alteration wood panels installed on all walls in the private hallway located at apt 6, 2nd story, 1st apartment from west at northNov sent out
2015-06-29Section 27-2005 adm code refit door in the entrance located at apt 17, 5th story, 2nd apartment from south at westNov sent out
2015-03-31Section 27-2014 adm code and dept. rules and regulations. scrape and remove rust scales and paint with 2 coats of paint all stories of fire escape at front of buildingNov sent out

Properties (22)

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Renter Recommendations

60% of renters recommend this building

60% of renters approve of this owner

Rents and Deposits

95% of renters received their security deposits back
It HAS NOT been reported if this building accepts electronic rent payments.

Reviews

Rats rats rats

Former Tenant
Pros:
Washer and dryer
Cons:
Rats and unbearable noise
Advice to owner:
Deal with pests
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5D 1 bedroom

Former Tenant
Pros:
In an ideal place in park slope Just the right amount of space for 1 person Great south facing light Windows had views of Brooklyn
Cons:
Water plumbing issues Mailroom was a mess
Advice to owner:
Fix the plumbing
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Coachroaches & smelly staircase

Former Tenant
Pros:
You're right at the crossroads of Chinatown and Little Italy. Tons of good food. Everything from truly delicious & cheap Dim Sum to a fancy Italian dinner within one block radius.
Cons:
Tourists everywhere outside (and they walk SO. SLOWLY.) You can sometimes hear the noise from tourists on Mulberry singing karaoke. Oh, also, cockroaches in the bathroom...
Advice to owner:
It's only worth it to live here if you REALLY REALLY love Chinese food / Dim Sum. Great eats for everyone's budget. (not so much the case for the Italian food)
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Love this building

Former Tenant
Pros:
Beautiful rooms, great location
Cons:
Understaffed for doormen, they’re often gone
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Decent space in a loud neighborhood

Former Tenant
Pros:
Washer-dryer in unit, nice bathroom, everything you need.
Cons:
Loud and dirty neighborhood.
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New Super has made such a difference!

Former Tenant
Pros:
Our live-in Super, Moses, is incredible. My first year living here, I constantly had pest problems and issues with the piping, etc. Moses goes above and beyond for the tenants in this building. Whether is helping you replace an AC unit, Making a spare key for you, or just greeting you warmly with a “good morning!” Or “have a nice day!”, I will stay in this building as long as possible because of Moses! Thank you for all that you do!
Cons:
Only thing is there is no central air, which I know is often the case with older buildings!
Advice to owner:
Keep Moses as long as possible!
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Nice building but slow elevator and very noisy

Former Tenant
Pros:
Location is good
Cons:
Too loud here
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Nice place

Former Tenant
Pros:
Well maintained Beautiful neighborhood
Cons:
If you live facing the anex it sucks. It's loud and neighbors complain about light and noise from each other. Also no privacy
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Must to Avoid

Former Tenant
Pros:
This is a great location. Most the neighbors are nice.
Cons:
The management lies constantly, either makes no repairs or makes shoddy ones and is unresponsive. Landlord hides behind management co. Fire escapes blocked by garbage, they go through supers like water. Applicances keep breaking. walk up and no bike room. No heat in hallway, you pay your own heat and need it high to account for freezing halls. No accountability and they raise the rent.
Advice to owner:
Stop squeezing for pennies. Hire someone competent to manage building.
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96 sterling place 2016

Former Tenant
Pros:
location and layout
Cons:
garbage area and laundry area
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Great

Former Tenant
Pros:
I liked how clean it was
Cons:
Mostly noisy outside
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Quite happy living here

Former Tenant
Pros:
Hallways are cleaned regularly, no pest problems, quiet for the most part. The garbage area was initially not maintained well but it’s better now.
Cons:
Management is quite unresponsive to emails. Apartments are small, but knew this moving in.
Advice to owner:
Respond to emails right away!
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Not that nice

Former Tenant
Pros:
Good location, new appliances in units
Cons:
Dirty hallways, broken front door
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New Owners Kicked Everyone Out

Former Tenant
Pros:
Rudd took over a few years ago over the winter holidays, and when people were out put notices under our doors that no leases would be renewed- even those coming up in less than a month. Their plans were to gut renovate the place, and to do so they had to clear all the residents out- many of whom had made their homes there for decades. The resulting construction and kicking out of tenants was an absolute nightmare. Construction was handled poorly, corners were cut with quality, and I was lucky to get out when I did.
Cons:
To be fair, the building wasn’t much before they renovated it, and I have no idea what it looked like afterwards.
Advice to owner:
Maybe don’t forcefully displace people from their homes .
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Great place to live

Former Tenant
Pros:
Friendly/helpful doormen and staff, laundry in building, elevator
Cons:
not applicable at this time
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Great bldg

Former Tenant
Pros:
Very well kept. Great neighbors.
Cons:
If you face middle of building there is poor lighting and noise travels a lot
Advice to owner:
Looks good. Could add more space
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Decent building

Former Tenant
Pros:
My apt is renovated. Easy to throw trash out downstairs behind the stairs. Heat works well, I’m never cold. In fact I’m usually hot. They turned down the water pressure of the toilet to “save money” but I just turned it back and it’s back to normal! Otherwise have fun flushing 3x for just pee. I negotiated a rent from $3400 to $2500. I had weekly laundry taken off as well. Finally NY landlords are desperate so use it all the way!
Cons:
Loud as fuck because Of the damn Italian restaurants singing “dancing queen” 4x a week to dumb screeching girls. Super responds but won’t show up till 2-3 weeks later unless you create panic. Hes a nice guy though, easygoing. Street is loud early in the morning. I live on the north side so if that’s an issue watch out.
Advice to owner:
Install better windows to keep out noise. Which they won’t do but hey, I tried. You tried to save money by decreasing the water pressure of the toilet. It wastes more water Bc ppl end up flushing more times. Dumb move.
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Nice community old building

Former Tenant
Pros:
Lovely neighbors with a few notable (awful) exceptions.
Cons:
Aging building with many issues. Frequent water breaks. Heat problems. Constant battle with mice and roaches. Repairs in the cheap. Doormen sometimes MIA without relief so entry a problem; then sometimes they just let everyone in.
Advice to owner:
Repairs repairs repairs.
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