More than half of the developments run by the city’s housing department were found to have broken or stuck doors during a recent inspection sweep.
City Auditor’s Office staff found that 57.9% of the 262 NYCHA complexes they checked had doors not properly secured. That’s more than double his 23.5% from the previous series of snaps in 2018.
“We found many instances of doors being propped open with bricks, rocks, or other objects to prevent them from locking,” the General Accounting Office said in a letter to the NYCHA on Tuesday. “We also found that many door locks were not securely attached to the door frame or strike plate. The door and frame magnets to hold the door in place were either missing or not working.” Sometimes it seemed like they weren’t.”
The letter states, “If exterior doors are not securely locked, intruders and unauthorized persons may gain access to the building, endangering residents and authorized guests.”
Photographs taken by auditors after examining two-thirds of the NYCHA’s 335 developments show that the entrance to one of the Marble Hill House residential developments in the Bronx has no doors at all.
Another photo shows the glass on the front door of Brooklyn’s Bay View House missing, allowing someone to put their arm inside.
Overall, more than a third (37%) of the projects surveyed had at least one front door opened improperly, while 40% had at least one door broken.
The crisis was worst in Brooklyn, up a staggering 49% from 2018, and a staggering 66% of developments had at least one door not working properly.
NYCHA’S BEST DOOR MAINTENANCE FOUND IN QUEENS. Here, just over half of the agency’s developments had doors that were all functioning properly when the auditor visited.
Lander’s report is the latest in a string of more than a decade-long string of maintenance, safety and public health scandals at a housing authority that has suffered years of mismanagement and underfunding.
The scandal-stricken agency is the Big Apple’s largest landlord, housing more than 300,000 New Yorkers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a contract with federal prosecutors in 2019 Prosecutors put officials under partial control of overwatch after revealing officials lied for years Check the lead paint when the kids are sick.
So does NYCHA Court order to review mold remediation practices After years of failing to adequately attack a dangerous fungal outbreak in development.
In addition, tenant I’ve been complaining about my failures for years Tackle rodent infestations, fix garbage compactors, properly maintain elevators, and perform basic repairs on units.
NYCHA did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.