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Owner-tenant discontent continues at New York’s Chelsea

Apartment dwellers at the recently acquired Chelsea Hotel are going to court with the property’s new owners over the planned renovations residents say have caused hazards, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The tenant’s lawyer has said developer Joseph Chetrit has not been willing to meet to discuss the plans, which has now led to a December 16 court date in New York City.

The Times reported the tenant’s association hired an inspector to examine the building in October and reportedly found excessive levels of lead and dust, as well as mold. The lawsuit refers to more than 40 code violations documented by an inspector for the city’s department of housing preservation and development.

Other tenants are taking separate legal action as a result of issues in their units after contractors started working on the building a few months ago.

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