NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - This week steam from a faulty radiator in a Bronx apartment building killed two little girls, leaving the community shaken. But now, days later, many people are wondering who is responsible and who is the building's landlord?
According to city records, Moshe Piller is the landlord who also owns nearly 30 buildings in New York, including one in Flatbush, Brooklyn. In fact, tenants at the Brooklyn building say they're currently suing Piller. We met with their lawyer from Brooklyn Legal Services.
"We've had to bring multiple cases against him for overcharging in rent he has neglected various rent reduction orders and has charged our clients thousands of extra dollars over decades," said Martha Perez-Pedemonti, a housing attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services.
Piller was on Public Advocate Letitia James's list of the 100 worst landlords in the city in 2014 and 2015. James's office said Piller has more than 20 different LLCs and had at least 1,000 building violations last year.
A city spokesperson said the deadly Bronx radiator is now being used by the NYPD as evidence. Cops said they're continuing their investigation.
A spokesperson for Piller told Fox 5 the landlord is very sorry about what happened in the Bronx and that his heart goes out to the grieving family of the two girls. Though Piller said he does believe it was a freak accident and wants to stress that he is no longer on the city's landlord watch list.