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New York’s Worst Landlord

Notorious Bronx landlord’s daughter earns top spot on bad landlords list

Robin Shimoff, 49, owns the worst building in the city — an apartment complex at 940 Grand Concourse — said Public Advocate Letitia James, who released the list Wednesday.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 9:00
940 Grand ConcourseMICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSRobin Shimoff, 49, owns the worst building in the city — an apartment complex at 940 Grand Concourse — said Public Advocate Letitia James, who released the list Wednesday.

She’s a lead-paint chip off the old block.

The daughter of a notorious Bronx landlord — dubbed “Jake the Snake” for his tussles with tenants — has a whopping 3,352 violations on her 13 properties, a dubious distinction that earned her the top spot on the bad landlords list.

Robin Shimoff, 49, owns the worst building in the city — an apartment complex at 940 Grand Concourse — said Public Advocate Letitia James, who released the list Wednesday.

That building has a staggering 660 open violations, stretching back to 1980.

On a visit there Wednesday, a Daily News reporter saw a 7-foot pile of garbage in the alleyway, buckets in the halls to catch ceiling leaks and an illegal garbage room so rat-filled that tenants are terrified to open its door.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiMICHAEL SCHWARTZ FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSOn a visit there Wednesday, a Daily News reporter saw a 7-foot pile of garbage in the alleyway, buckets in the halls to catch ceiling leaks and an illegal garbage room so rat-filled that tenants are terrified to open its door.

“Everybody knows this is rat central,” said Jose Ellebry, 51, a food warehouse worker. “You have to shake your keys and stomp your feet before you walk into the courtyard.”

“The rats climb up the walls and through my windows,” said Diane Jones, 60, who lives next to the squalid garbage room.

“You can hear them in the night in the walls and they’re everywhere. They chew right through the caulk and the wood and are everywhere.”

Shimoff is the daughter of Jacob Selechnik, 71, a Bronx landlord who owned dozens of decrepit buildings in the borough dating back to the 1970s.

He refused to comment on whether his daughter had taken over his properties but said he had retired from his landlord role. “I thought I was pretty good,” he said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/notorious-bronx-landlord-daughter-tops-bad-landlord-list-article-1.1968090

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