Residents of a 1,700-unit Battery Park City rental complex are suing their landlord, The LeFrak Organization, for allegedly failing to provide adequate heat in winter (See Complaint).
The suit, Koetz v. Marina Tower Associates, 651023/14, was filed April 1 and has been assigned to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Eileen Rakower (See Profile). In addition to LeFrak, it targets Marina Tower Associates, the lessee of the land the complex occupies; Gateway Plaza Management Corp., its management company; and Battery Park City Authority, the public benefit corporation that owns the land.
The suit was brought by Maureen Koetz, a former vice-president of the complex’s tenant association on behalf of a proposed class of tenants. They are represented by Sanford Heisler.
“The units are poorly constructed, inadequately insulated, and riddled with defects in the heating and ventilation systems,” the suit claims. “Gateway is inadequately heated and tenants endure oppressively cold conditions. Because of this, Plainitff Koetz and class members must suffer freezing cold during the winter months.”
Tenants have had to buy electric heaters to make their apartments “even remotely habitable,” the suit alleges, incurring extra electric costs. They have had to use foam strips and duct tape to seal gaps where cold air comes into their apartments, the suit says.
A representative of The LeFrak Organization could not be reached for comment.