2022 ‘Worst Landlord Watchlist’ Includes These UWS Building Owners

  Last modified on December 15th, 2023

Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams has released the 2022 edition of the “Worst Landlord Watchlist,” which identifies “which residential property owners consistently flout City laws intended to protect the rights and safety of tenants.”

The list identifies the worst 100 landlords based on how many open HPD violations they had on average throughout the year.

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The worst landlord in the city, per the report, is Jonathan Santana. He owns 15 buildings with 306 total units, and he averaged 2,980 open HPD violations through 2022.

One of his buildings is on the Upper West Side: 104 West 83rd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues. The five-story, 18-unit rental building had an average of 117 open HPD violations through the year.

104 West 83rd Street

104 West 83rd Street (Google Maps)

In the last three years, the most common complaints at this building were about heat and hot water, paint / plaster and appliances. Here are the recorded HPD complaints from this year.

Currently, there’s a $4,200 apartment available in this building; it’s a 437 square foot studio, according to Streeteasy.

Santana also owns two buildings on the Upper East Side.

Three other landlords with buildings on the Upper West Side have been included in this year’s list. We’ve included the information below, though there were some pieces of data we were unable to locate.

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Ivan Disla: The 37th Worst Landlord in NYC

698 and 700 Amsterdam Avenue

698 and 700 Amsterdam Avenue at West 94th Street (Google Maps)

Ivan Disla owns five buildings with 77 units and had an average of 652 open HPD violations through 2022. Two of his buildings are on the UWS.

698 Amsterdam Avenue. This five-story, 13-unit building had an average of 128 open HPD violations throughout the year.

In the last three years, the most common complaints were about heat and hot water, pests and appliances. Here are the recorded HPD complaints from this year.

The most recently available apartment was a $3,000 two-bedroom, according to Streeteasy.

700 Amsterdam Avenue. This five-story, 13-unit building had an average of 210 open HPD violations throughout the year.

In the last three years, the most common complaints were about pests, heat and hot water and plumbing. Here are the recorded HPD complaints from this year.

There’s currently a three-bedroom apartment listed for $3,500.

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David Deutsch: The 54th Worst Landlord in NYC

250 West 72nd Street Worst Landlord Watchlist

250 West 72nd Street (Google Maps)

David Deutsch owns 11 buildings and 54 units. Through 2022, he averaged 553 open HPD violations.

He has one building on the Upper West Side: 250 West 72nd Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue. This five-floor building has ten apartments and had an average of 56 open violations throughout the year.

In the last three years, the most common complaints were about pests, paint/plaster and electric.

According to Streeteasy, the last available apartment at this building was a $2,700 one-bedroom.

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Adam Jernow: The 93rd Worst Landlord in NYC

122 West 71st Street worst landlord watchlist

122 West 71st Street (Google Maps)

Adam Jernow has 69 apartments across his four buildings, three of which are on the Upper West Side. On average, he had 436 open HPD violations throughout 2022. Two of his buildings are on the UWS:

47 West 74th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave). This four-floor, ten-unit building had an average of 86 open HPD violations throughout the year. In the last three years, the most common complaints were about cooking gas and pests. The last available rental was a $2,850 one-bedroom.

122 WEST 71st Street (between Broadway and Columbus Ave). This four-floor, ten-unit building had an average of 149 open HPD violations throughout the year. In the last three years, the most common complaints were about safety, paint/plaster and plumbing. Here are the recorded HPD complaints from this year. The last available rental (2019) was a $3,400 two-bedroom.

15 West 75th Street (between CPW and Columbus Ave). This nine-floor building has 41 apartments and had an average of 165 open HPD violations throughout the year. In the last three years, the most common complaints fell under the categories of safety, door/window, and paint/plaster. Here are the recorded HPD complaints from this year. There is currently a $5,000 two-bedroom rental which has been marked ‘in contract.’

Here are the worst landlord lists from 2021 and 2020.


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