I purchased my co-op 1 year ago. I was going to have my bath renovated by the super including the plumbing and electricity. Fortunately I called the managing agent and discovered he was not licensed or insured to do this work and I would be liable for any damages. It was a shocking discovery because many people have used him and everyone in the building knows this is occurring without board approval. In fact it was a board member who told me that I did not need board approval if he did the work. Another board member told me that he could do plumbing, but not electric. The managing agent told me I could submit any claim to my insurance company if his renovation to my bathroom had complications. My insurance company does not agree and found it quite entertaining. The recently super gutted several rooms in one apartment with included a bath (a side job that took over 2 weeks) he did not do much of anything around the building during this time because he was to busy. I hope the lady on the first floor is happy, I know I am not, he will not even snake my drain and tells me use drain cleaner. The drain has been slow since my purchase and I have pored 3 bottles of the stuff down the drain with minimal improvement.
He does not have a snake although he claims he used to. Recently while in the basement I overheard an argument between him and a friend and it became apparent he is loaning the equipment out to friends who don't always return it. I guess that is where the snake went. In the bathroom he renovated 2 floors below me he ran into plumbing problems and I had my water shut for 3 days while he and his helper repaired the damage. Well this leakage went into the basement but if he encountered this problem in my apartment I would have flooded the 2 floors below me. What did I get myself into, this place is a disaster. He quoted me a price of 2500-3000 max for his labor alone. So the deal is people are getting these renovations dirt cheap and I feel that shareholders are subsidizing the work because like I said before he has no time for other things while involved in these renovations yet he still collects a paycheck. Also I discovered he is completely dishonest and changes his story real quick in order to avoid responsibility for his actions (like damaging my property). Recently we had a heated discussion about his work, he went into denial mode became extremely hostile calling me a "bitter old woman" and making comments about my mental health status. I also have a note he put under my door in which he refers to me as a "whiner".
Actually I have 2 notes he slipped under my door and they are rich. He even told me about his mother who he has not spoken to in 2 years because she pissed him off. I contacted the managing agent and told him I would like him to send the super a letter to seize and desist with these renovations. I also forwarded him the correspondence between the super and myself (I slipped one note under his door in response to his first note) my note addressed the issues and made no personal attacks. His not was full of personal attacks. The board members are now in possession of this material and the issue of renovations without board approval is on the agenda for the next meeting. The managing agent asked me if I would like to have him fired and I responded 'Yes". I am in the process of writing a letter to the board which more clearly defines my grievances and the trouble I have had with the super since my purchase of this place it will be several pages. I would like general and legal advice on this matter. Thanks
The mentally ill, bitter old whiner on the 3rd floor
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