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.