Just a friendly public announcement about Millennium Real Estate/Supreme Management, who own several buildings in Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Park Slope.
Be warned. I signed a lease with them in November, 2011 for a studio at 677 Classon btw St. Marks and Bergen. I have been there ever since. The lease, which was at the time rent-stabilized, was for $1000 per month. It did go up to $1035 eventually, as to be expected as per NYC law; however, in the last two weeks of February I, and all tenants in the building, received *new* leases saying that our current lease would expire on March 1st (again, I sign my leases in November). My rent increased by 15.4% ($200 dollars), and I was asked for a new security deposit of $2,390 (along with a meet-the-balance fee of $320). So in order to not have eviction papers filed in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, I would not only have to pay over $2,700, I would also have to agree to a 15.4% rent increase.
It's not just me. I asked everyone I know in the building, and they got the same notice. I've spoken with them on the phone and they said the building was not rent-stabilized, since of course that clause was taken out of the new lease! Unfortunately because of the timeframe given, I don't have the time, energy, or finances to properly fight this. And even if I did, I would not want to live in a building overseen by such a "business." The funny thing is that they've always been so nice with me over the phone. I've always paid my rent, and I've never had any complaints against me. When speaking with the person I normally talk to there, I was told, audaciously, "We could have raised it by $500 if we felt like it." Wowzers.
So, I'm just putting this out there as a warning. It's really unfortunately because I've always felt like they were the best landlords I've ever had. Until this came out of nowhere and they treated us all like we were squatting in a meth den.
This is an obvious move to force out long-time tenants so they can rent for higher in the up-and-coming Crown Heights. It's just sad to see loyal leasers treated like this. It's inhumane (I know there's one woman in the building with an infant, for fucksake), and stinks of illegality. So, that's my two cents.