Robin Shimoff, recently named “NYC’s Worst Landlord,” lives in Rockland County in a $1.2 million, 7000-square-foot, 7-bedroom suburban mansion with a pool and a multi-car garage. However, the 13 buildings she owns in the city have amassed nearly 3,500 violations up through this summer, leading Public Advocate Letitia James to move her to the top of the “Worst Landlord” list. Shimoff’s company has been working on reducing the number of violations since August 31st, but there are still 2,490 open violations.
One of Shimoff’s buildings, an 86-unit apartment complex in the Bronx, has 275 open violations with tenants complaining of water leaks, mold, collapsing ceilings, lead paint, and scalding water. The basement of said building features a “day care” area complete with rat traps, waist-high piles of trash, and dangling electrical wires. Because tenants of Shimoff’s buildings have been fighting the landlord in court for years with little success, Public Advocate James has proposed that the city expand its “alternative enforcement program” to force more deadbeat landlords to remedy their code violations.