Division of Housing and Community Renewal

Tenant Selection Practices at Rochdale Village

Many of New York’s publicly financed housing developments are owned by private housing companies, such as Rochdale Village, Inc., which owns 5,860 cooperative apartments in Queens. We examined Rochdale’s tenant selection practices and found that many of the practices did not comply with requirements. We identified numerous tenants who were not selected properly for apartments. For example, some tenants were selected out of order and allowed to bypass others on the waiting list, and some of the selected tenants were not even on the waiting list.

We also identified tenants who were living in apartments without the proper authorization. In some cases, the tenants were living in apartments reported as vacant, without even paying rent. We also determined that the Division of Housing and Community Renewal was not effectively monitoring Rochdale’s waiting lists and tenant selection practices to ensure that apartments were allocated in a fair and equitable manner. We recommended that the Division strengthen its oversight.

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