by Caitlin Mota for The Jersey Journal
March 28, 2017
Updated January 16, 2019
JERSEY CITY -- A Clifton-based property management company has been slapped with more than 100 code violations for two of its Jersey City properties just days after residents demanded the poor living conditions are addressed.
On Sunday more than 200 people gathered with Jersey City Together, a multi-faith social justice group, seeking improvements at River Edge Management properties. The company recently rebranded as Trendy Management.
Tax records indicate that Trendy Management is responsible for more than 60 properties citywide. Many residents say they live with mold, flooding, and even lack heat.
City officials said inspectors visited a pair of four-story buildings at 205 Monticello Ave. and 150 Belmont Ave. on Monday. The Monticello Avenue building was inspected in its entirety and issued 41 housing violations, 26 fire code violation, in addition to "numerous" health and sanitation violations.
Only one unit at the Belmont Avenue building was inspected, but the city issued 17 housing and 32 fire code violations, along with health and sanitation violations, officials said. The city plans to return to the building and to continue inspections.
Mayor Steve Fulop attended Jersey City Together's meeting, which included a tour of the property on Monticello Avenue, and vowed for immediate action.
Other Trendy Management buildings will be inspected throughout the week.
"We haven't yet received the list of violations, but we have started work on violations identified to us yesterday during the site visits.," Trendy Management owner Esther Kaplan said in an email to The Jersey Journal. "We are committed to working with the tenant representatives and the City to address and resolve all of these issues."