A Harlem family that spent their life’s savings to purchase their first house is demanding the landlord–Abyssinian Development Corporation –cough up $250,000 to fix the flawed pad they say is riddled with construction defects.
The house of their dreams turned into a nightmare.
A Harlem family that spent their life’s savings to purchase their first house is demanding the landlord — Abyssinian Development Corporation — cough up $250,000 to fix the flawed pad they say is riddled with construction defects.
Interior walls, bamboo-tiled floors and windowsills began to crack shortly after they moved in, and an improperly installed gas boiler system went on the fritz too, the family claims.
“It’s a crock,” said Marleny Diaz-Gloster, 43, who along with her husband Jerry Gloster purchased the three-story brownstone on 132nd St. near Frederick Douglass Blvd. for $830,409 in 2010. “It feels like a sham.”
Abyssinian Development Corporation, founded by the Rev. Calvin Butts, advertised six “newly renovated townhouses” as part of a Harlem Village Homes II initiative that offers affordable houses in Harlem to those making below $130,000.
A flyer distributed four years ago touting the homes boasted “modern appliances, unique architectural features including a rear garden and maximum comfort to buyers looking to make a home in the vibrant Central Harlem.”