Living in a House becoming Nightmare for Tenants in Queens
Queens, NY, August 2nd 2010 – It was a dream come true for Denise Gibson when he found a spacious Astoria Apartment with a terrace and lovely view of East River.
However, within few months of stay in 188-unit Pistilli Riverview East complex, the nightmare of staying there began and she has filed a case in the court.
She said that living room had a wide opening at the ceiling that leaked and bedroom began to flood with water. She said that in spite of calling the Pistilli’s management company a number of times nothing has been done.
Gibson is not the only person with such complaints about the Pistilli buildings.
Tenants and owners in Queens and Brooklyn have complained about the substandard construction and pests in the Pistilli buildings but their issues have not been solved fast.
Joseph Pistilli, co-owner of the Pistilli Realty Group has challenged the accusations saying that they haven’t ignored the tenant’s problems. Gibson one of the tenants has begged to differ to this statement and said that she would be filing a case against the Pistilli owners for harassment and not repairing things on time.
She said that if they had repaired the leaks within four to six months of the complaint they would not have landed in such a situation
She has started a blog called “The Truth about Pistilli Riverview East” that registers all the problems and is starting a tenants group.
Joseph Pistilli agreed that there were certain water problems at the previous Eagle Electric building at 19-19 24th Ave. He stated that the leaks had been recognized and would be fixed by the fall.
He further stated that some of these grievances were not legitimate and that they were not slum property owners.
About 10 properties are managed by his company in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan and thus he was not aware of several of these complaints.
He states that if individuals have such troubles then they must call the office and can even directly talk to him to ensure that the problem is dealt with right away.
While many people like Daniel Cardoza living at 41-06 Case St., in Elmhurst complain that it took 2 months for the company to repair a bathroom ceiling leak. Similarly, Jesse Diaz’s cousin living at 58-35 Granger St., in Corona complains of leaks. She says that the circumstances of some apartments are horrible.
Margaret Smyth of Greenpoint, Brooklyn complains that Pistilli officials have taken three months to install window screens and doors subdividing her apartment before shifting into the Astral in the month of May.
In the meantime, her flat is infected with centipedes and cockroaches but the Pistilli officials shall not eradicate the vermin until screens are installed.