Tenants of the troubled Skyline Apartment Complex in Syracuse have filed a class action lawsuit against the owners with the Onondaga County Supreme Court for violating a fundamental but essential part of a lease.
Tenants to the Skyline Apartment Complex are suing the property’s management company for breaking a fundamental agreement in their lease: providing a safe, habitable space.
Tenants are represented by Staff Attorney Joe Maslak at Legal Services of Central New York.
“In New York, every lease between a landlord and a tenant includes a promise of habitability, a promise by the landlord to keep the property safe, clean, and habitable. Our position is that they broke that promise.” . “
He says the office has been contacted by well over 20 residents in the past few months who complained that Green Skyline Apartments, LLC had broken elevators, human waste, and used syringes in hallways and stairwells, as well as intruders leaving the 365-unit building unobstructed entered, did not respond.
“I met and spoke to tenants of the building who lean their wheelchairs against the door when they fall asleep because they are afraid of what might happen while they sleep. There are others whose children and grandchildren are not allowed. ”To visit them in their own four walls because the building is so dangerous. These are conditions in which no one should live. “
Maslak says the lawsuit details how conditions deteriorated after the Green family bought Skyline in 2016. He says things don’t seem to be getting much better.
“We saw no evidence that they now meet their requirements under New York law. If they can prove this and we were satisfied with it, it would only prevent the damage from occurring all the time without a clean, habitable, safe place to live. “
Maslak says customers should be eligible for a refund. Meanwhile, the public areas of the building remain “unfit for human consumption” according to the city’s nuisance removal order.