Abraham Soudry

11 Properties

153 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 54 violations which is 0.35 violations per unit for their entire portfolio.
That is better than the city average, which is 0.59 violations per unit.
Non-hazardous
4Class A
Non-Hazardous violations (i.e. no peephole on a door, or no street # on the building)
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Hazardous
37Class B
Hazardous violations (i.e. smoke detector issues, inadequate lighting)
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Immediately-hazardous
13Class C
Immediately Hazardous (i.e. rodents, inadequate heat or hot water)
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Approval DateDescriptionCurrent Status
2022-03-08(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
2021-04-16(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
2017-03-28Section 27-2005 adm code properly repair the broken or defective light switch at north wall in the kitchen located at apt 5d, 5th story, 1st apartment from east at southNov sent out
2015-09-11Section 27-2005 adm code properly repair with similar material the broken or defective wood floor in the entire apartment located at apt 5d, 5th story, 2nd apartment from east at southNov sent out

Properties (11)

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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

A good starter apartment

Former Tenant
Pros:
Management is responsive Monthly pest control
Cons:
The apartment sits above a club (Writing on the Wall) so it gets loud Thurs-Sat Garbage is kept in the lobby downstairs, which can be unpleasant (smell + flies), but is regularly taken out
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bedbug infested, small bedrooms

Former Tenant
Pros:
fixtures in unit were nice
Cons:
monthly bedbug exterminator came because every unit was infested. no one told us. had to talk to other tenants to find out their apartments were infested too
Advice to owner:
get rid of the bedbugs
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Bad Mice infestation

Former Tenant
Pros:
Very Updated unit
Cons:
Mice infestation and heat doesn’t work well Club downstairs which is so loud on weekends Dirty hallways
Advice to owner:
Get rodent issue under control
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Do NOT rent from Better Living!!

Former Tenant
Pros:
Honestly nothing. Had a miserable experience living here and especially dealing with the managements x
Cons:
Horrible and I mean HORRIBLE management. Ariel is one of the most challenging people I’ve ever met. They withheld my security deposit after I cleaned my place within and inch of my life. They also tried to show my apartment 6+ times everyday until it got rented while I was working from home. Neighbors throw parties, steal packages and fight like crazy. You can hear everything!
Advice to owner:
Take care of your people better and stop trying to cut corners on your tenants.
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Good building! Like

Former Tenant
Pros:
Responsiveness of super
Cons:
Packages stolen often
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Be Careful

Former Tenant
Pros:
Great location and fun night life.
Cons:
Building management is unresponsive in emergent situations. Windows have no insulation leading to all the sounds of Manhattan at all hours.
Advice to owner:
Fair renters agreements and transparency
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Small but with nice amenities in LES

Former Tenant
Pros:
-AMENITIES: lived in one of the recently updated units -APPLIANCES: all appliances in unit (washer, dryer, dishwasher and all surprisingly high-end!) -INTERIOR: modern interior (crisp white walls/doors, exposed brick in some rooms, marble tiled shower) -PRICE: decent price (at first) for new, young professionals who don’t mind more than one roommate situation or paying for a guest bedroom -NEARBY: lots of essential stores finally opened just a couple blocks away (Trader Joe’s, Target, CVS, etc.) making the neighborhood much more convenient than before -MANAGEMENT: management was generally reasonable and considerate
Cons:
-LAYOUT: while they did a good job with what I’m sure were extensive renovations to units like ours, they didn’t quite nail the layout of the space (small “common space” even by NYC standards with zero closets, awkwardly different sized bedrooms, and the washer/dryer made the small space very hot and humid rapidly as it seemed to vent straight into the apt) -INTERNET: the “complimentary” building-wide internet is kind of a running joke in the building (rather slow, sometimes unreliable, and not secured using the proper protocols for wifi security) -SECURITY: packages stolen from mail area despite security cameras (none of us ever found out whether they were real/fake, on/off) -LOCATION: at the very end of Rivington, this building is literally and I mean *precisely* on the edge of two distinctly contrasting environments (make a left out the door and you’re in massive housing projects neighborhood with constant crime…make a right out the door and you’re in the heart of LES which is full of young successful professionals, art galleries, restaurants, shops, bars) OTHER/MISC: -a few people experiencing homelessness hang around, and while they never caused any major issues to my knowledge, their sleeping on steps is a truly sad and constant reminder of larger issues that come with rapidly changing neighborhoods like LES -was never entirely clear on this but there was some weird situation regarding the other units (allegedly rent controlled units were not updated but updated units were not rent controlled?) which made for an awkward disparity in conversations between tenants in different units
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Old Tenement Building: No Significant Improvements in Decades

Former Tenant
Pros:
-Fantastic location -Elevator always works, even if old and slow. -Large fire escape -Door buzzer
Cons:
-Single-pane windows: street noise completely unfiltered, and zero insulation means sky-high energy bills. -Gas-powered, through-wall forced-air heating: Dangerous and loud. All units have a painted-over gas pipe running through the bedroom to the window. -Poorly managed trash: exposed trash cans with no enclosure are kept on the sidewalk in front of the building, feeding the rats that live in the abandoned community garden next door. The smell and the fly situation means street-facing units cannot open their windows. -Only drywall between units, zero soundproofing. Doorbells and conversations can be heard between adjacent units, from hallways, as well as through ceilings/floors. Carpets make no noticeable difference. -Shoddy renovations in most units. Tile-over-tile, gaps in grout, peeling/bubbling paint with obvious lap marks, mold in wood that’s been patched or painted over, missing smoke detectors, dead outlets, leaky plumbing. -Rusty orange hot water in showers. -Janitorial staff and property management take great liberties with their key copies, often failing to properly obtain tenants permission when accessing their units. -Constant gas smells in lobby. Property management has asked tenants not to call Con-Ed, saying they’ll “handle it themselves.”
Advice to owner:
Please make an effort to at least bring the building up to fire code, for the safety of both current and future residents.
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Cool roach-free apartment

Former Tenant
Pros:
No roaches, nice renovated shower and kitchens
Cons:
Rats in the courtyard, noise travels between floors, slanted floors, easily clogged toilet
Advice to owner:
Good job on cockroach control.
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Great place to live

Former Tenant
Pros:
Newly renovated lobby w security cameras, responsive management on top of unit upkeep, great spacious studio units.
Cons:
People loitering on the street with loud music boxes, but I think that’s a staple in most downtown areas.
Advice to owner:
None
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Over all not bad.

Former Tenant
Pros:
Management was responsive
Cons:
Had to pay for your own heat. Homeless hang out on the steps
Advice to owner:
Na
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Too much noise, everything else ok

Former Tenant
Pros:
Cheap for the area. Jetted bathtub and dishwasher included in apartment.
Cons:
Loud neighbors, paper thin walls, everything will rumble in your apartment from people stomping above you.
Advice to owner:
Talk to your tenants about noise or at least implement quiet hours.
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Not the Best, Not on the Street

Former Tenant
Pros:
Maintenance people are very fast to fix a problem day-of or next day. They are very nice too. The location of this building, although loud when the bars and restaurants are active, is great for close access to Soho/EV/LES, Whole Foods, and the subway. Most units have dated appliances and the shared kitchen space is small with the large counters/cabinets they added.
Cons:
Property owners treat tenants like they’re a nuisance. There were some winters when the heat wouldn’t work for days and they were slow to prioritize it. They were/are not collaborative with tenants that have faced financial troubles due to the pandemic.
Advice to owner:
Treat your tenants with respect and you won’t have a building mostly unoccupied like what happened during the pandemic.
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Okay Building

Former Tenant
Pros:
Apartments are clean. Have never seen a bug/mouse. Very central area. Lots of restaurants and everything you could ever need is close.
Cons:
Party building. Neighbors can be loud especially on the top floor. Garbage is kept in the hallways which can get smelly at times. Hot water and water in general is turned off with no advance notice.
Advice to owner:
Clean the building and figure out the garbage situation. Communicate with tenants about water/heat interruptions in advance.
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Too many issues

Former Tenant
Pros:
Cheap Landlords are responsive Lower Manhattan is fun (in non-covid times)
Cons:
Building is old, the renovated units are still dumpy, many units are rent stabilized since forever with tenants who leave trash on the staircases and smoke on the floor landings. We had roaches infestations. We got our packages stolen. The block is not on the “fun” part of Rivington: it’s at the very end right next to the projects and it’s not a good spot. Apartments are dark and walls are paper thin. Landlords will respond and try to help but there’s just too many issues. ALSO, if you read on the listing that the apartments have charming exposed brick walls... they don’t. The charming exposed brick is on the staircases, not in the units lol
Advice to owner:
Do renovations to actually improve the units, not just to have an excuse to raise the rents
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Unresponsive owners

Former Tenant
Pros:
Location is good
Cons:
Pop up club and trash cans in hallway
Advice to owner:
Soundproofing, get rid of the pop up club
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