Bruce may have inherited his daddy's real estate, but he sure didn't inherit his daddy's business skills. If you rent with Bruce, be prepared for him to claim that rent has not been paid months after he already deposited your check and you've already provided proof. Also be aware if you're in one of his three bedroom duplex units, as you're getting conned.... Basement bedrooms are not legal and NYC, so make sure you bring that up and get a reduction in rent. RUN AWAY FROM HIS APARTMENTS!!!!!!!!!
Bruce is the definition of a slumlord. The building department prevented access to the lower half of the building because there is no certificate of occupancy. We pay for a duplex apartment and Sloane expects full rent for half of the unit telling us to ignore the building department. He is sleazy and needs to leave the rental business.
Bruce & Michael Sloan are the definition of scumbag. The entire building thinks this, so that is not just me being bias. He doesn't answer the phone, throws people out when he can re-rent at a higher price, and refuses to take care of any of his properties. The best thing he could do is sell his properties cash out and retire from the business.
Avoid Sloane & his buildings at any cost. Literally RUN away from any building he's associated with. Sloane is a liar and a slum lord. In the year I lived in one of his buildings the building was never clean, littered with trash, grime and mouse feces. A window in the hallway was broken the entire year. Getting Sloane to fix or address any issue is torture. He's unresponsive. If you do manage to get him on the phone, he behaves like an abusive bully.
Bruce was great. The advertising was clear & factual. He face-timed me so that we actually had a connection during covid. The apartment was all cleaned and painted for our move in. I have enjoyed living at his building. His assistant was super helpful - even giving us telephone numbers to call to set up cable & Con Ed. Unless my job takes me from NY I plan on staying with Bruce.
Bruce is a horrific landlord. He is well known for giving good first year leases and jacking the prices up massively afterwards. He is horrific with paperwork often claiming a tenant didn't pay rent months later. Will threaten eviction constantly to get his way. I sent him rent one month, didn't note my apartment number on the memo field and he deposited the check and claimed I never paid. Took over a month to dispute.
The apartments are rented no fee by the Landlord’s assistant Evan who is a really nice young guy. The Landlord, Bruce Sloane made it a point to meet us in person for the lease signing. He explained that his family has owned the buildings for between 30 - 60 years depending. They are responsive and personable. I have recommended friends to his buildings. I will only move when I am ready to buy my first apartment .
Kinda surprised about all the negatives here; hope we don't end up coming back to re-write :-| We moved here from a dump in the East Village. Only been here a year; it's a pretty standard small pre-war building.. We don't really interact with Bruce, but he is our landlord and we met him at our lease signing. He seems pretty nice. His assistant Evan rented us the apartment for no fee and for the small issues we've had, we just text him and then they take care of it pretty quickly. We haven't seen any roaches in the building since we've been here. Last fall, there were mice, but they took care of it and we haven't seen any since. Garbage was a bit of a mess but getting better. We're coming up on our renewal.
Rent went up an INSANE amount while I rented one of Bruce's apartments. The plumbing is a disaster: the radiators bang like crazy. We all complained for months- he would wait until the winter was over and then delay another year... then another... until finally I had to leave. He kept my deposit because I broke the lease- due to uninhabitable conditions. Typical NY nightmare story. Stay away.
Bruce was generally not responsive and we had a lot of issues with hot water/heating not working, or water being shut off, especially in the winter when it was most an issue. The building was in terrible repair and he would do nothing to fix it -- I was even locked in one day, and the fire escape had a bicycle lock shutting it. When i called the fire department to let me out, Bruce yelled at my roommates and I for calling them.