Housing officials petition court to remove owner of 12 BX buildings from control

The owner of 12 Bronx buildings is in hot water with housing officials for forcing tenants to live in deplorable conditions.

Peeling paint, rodents, and no hot water or heat are just some of the conditions city officials found at the buildings. The owner, Moshe Piller, has had more than 150 violations filed against him, and according to the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) he has more than 7,000 violations for the 29 buildings he owns throughout the city. So far he has been ordered to pay more than $15,000 for ignoring 1,000 housing code violations for buildings he owns in Brooklyn.

In addition to ordering Piller to pay fines, HPD has petitioned the housing court to remove him from control of all of his buildings so that he can't collect rent.

Meantime, lawyers for HPD say the department has spent more than $100,000 to provide essential services such as lead paint abatement, roof repair, fire escape repairs, and emergency plumbing and electrical work to help the tenants.

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