Parkchester South Condominiums has been in a battle with unit owners over a maintenance fee increase since the first quarter of 2016. PSC Management wanted to impose a 15.19% increase on unit owners. The problem with that is that one of those unit owners is Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr.
Senator Diaz enlisted the assistance of Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda to act as lead council in a lawsuit against PSC. The Condo management team was requesting the fee increase to cover expenses for needed repairs that could lead to ceiling collapses that could lead to tenant injuries, owner displacement, and units in such disrepair that would render them unsellable. PSC was taking steps to start an eviction process on those owners that had not paid the fee increase. When the lawsuit was filed, the court ordered PSC to cease all activity in regards to evictions until the case was settled.
A settlement was reached back in January that would allow condo owners who could show documented proof of financial hardship to pay the maintenance fee over a four year period. There are additional details of the settlement that are long and boring. If you are interested, you can read the article in the January 21, 2017 edition of the Bronx Times. For now, the settlement has halted the eviction of any of the 8,286 unit owners residing in the Parkchester South Condominiums.
How does a complex as large as Parkchester allow the maintenance of their buildings to fall so far behind that there is a potential danger to the owners and residents? The Parkchester apartment community in the Bronx NY is made up of 171 buildings laid out across 129 acres with parks and walkways woven throughout the community. The parent company of Parkchester South Condominiums and Parkchester North Condominiums is Parkchester Preservation Management.
When looking for residences with generous layouts, there are several things to watch out for.
- It has a walk-in closet (that you can actually walk into). One of the best ways to know that they are actually being generous on space is if you have storage space, and plenty of it.
- Open floor plans will always seem more spacious and generous than closed ones. They may actually be smaller, but if they are open, with nice, big windows… it will seem bigger.
- When going to see an apartment, see how you feel when you walk in. Feel trapped? Not enough space for you. If more than just yourself is going to be living there, it may be a good idea to take a couple of people with you to get a feel of what the apartment would be like with more than person in it. And, if you have a hunch it might be too small, look for a bigger one.
- Check out the bathroom. If your apartment truly has a generous layout, you shouldn’t have to have a tiny shower. Both elbows shouldn’t touch the shower walls. There should be plenty of space to get undressed or to move between the door and the other elements of the bathroom.
- Though many apartments offer spacious layouts, some have smaller kitchens. This is typical, but considering the amount of time that you are in the kitchen, you may want to consider another one.
Some complexes, like the ones you can see at house39.com, offer tons of amenities with indoor and outdoor spaces. You could count these as part of a generous layout, considering that they are a sort of extension of your apartment. It really depends on how often you’ll be using them.
If you are looking for an apartment in the Bronx, you might be having a hard time and joke about being homeless. However, the topic of homelessness in New York is a pretty serious thing. Even worse, a lot of money is thrown at the issue and it does not get better.
Currently, around 60,000 people live in the shelter system in NYC. These people have families, and some of them are working. The rent in NYC increased 19-percent in the last 16 years while the average income decreased six percent. This did not do anything good for NYC residents and their ability to maintain a residence.
The story of individuals who work hard and struggle, despite having a job, are hard to read. These stories involve teachers and plumbers, people who have steady jobs and people who have jobs that cycle through good pay and no work. These people have made mistakes, bad decisions or simply have had life happen to them. If you think it is easy to get an apartment in the Bronx NY, then read a couple of their stories and start to understand why the system is not helping these people. This is despite the best intentions.
Living on your own in NYC is expensive and challenging. It has its positives too, however, since you can call the place your own and take pride in the residence you have created and pay for on a regular basis. Take time to find the right apartment for you, since it is the place you go to relax and enjoy your time away from work.
Knowing that life can be very different depending on perspective can give you a better appreciation of what you do have when you have worked hard and earned your place. Take pride in that success.