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The Brick Underground Podcast brings you everything you need to know about New York City real estate—condos, co-ops, buying, selling, and renting, from politics to practical guides—with tips on how to achieve your housing goals in NYC.
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Jun 28, 2022

In this episode, we take a look at the biggest New York City landlords you’ve probably never heard of—private equity-backed owners. The number of these investor landlords has increased during the pandemic and when private equity is involved in the purchase of a rental building the outcome is rarely, if ever, positive for the tenants living there. Investigative reporter Hannah Levintova talks with host Emily Myers about what she uncovered reporting on this topic for the national publication Mother Jones.

 

Hannah Levintova’s work on this topic includes these articles: 

Real Estate Predators Tried to Cash In on the Pandemic. Then Tenants Fought Back

Everything Everywhere All at Once: How Private Equity Rules Your World

Public data on who owns what in NYC: Who owns what in nyc?
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Feb 16, 2022

Fires and flooded apartments pose risks for New Yorkers, prompting many to ask: How do I stay safe in my apartment? In this episode, Robert O’Brien, co-owner of New York Fire Consultants and a former F.D.N.Y. firefighter talks with host Emily Myers, offering tips on how to minimize fire hazards, find out if our building is up to code, determine if a basement apartment is legal, and where to look for your building's fire safety plan. The episode touches on personal safety issues and gives some reminders about a landlord's responsibility for looking after residents. 

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