How do I protect myself from a situation like the one I read about (inside), where a sex-offender was hired as a super and was allegedly being inappropriate?
Can I/should I ask for background checks from anyone who has keys/access to my apartment, since it seems like the landlord is not required to do so (in NYC)?
I just read this article
, where, unbeknownst to the tenants (and the landlord, according to the landlord), a level-3 sex-offender was hired as a super, with keys to the apartments, and was allegedly propositioning tenants for sex in exchange for favors, etc.
I don't want to be hysterical. I know that people who have done time have a right to work. I'd like to just have faith that my landlord is doing background checks and making those judgment calls on my behalf, but in this case, it didn't seem like the landlord did, and he doesn't seem to care after the fact.
And I understand that the allegations of the super's propositions are just allegations. I don't know what the legislation is as far as what jobs registered sex-offenders are allowed to hold, but I'd like to be able to choose not to live in a building where the super (or anyone else with keys, like maintenance people or even the landlord) is a level-3 offender.
How do I protect myself from this kind of situation? Is the landlord required to do this check and in this case just didn't do his duty, or is this something that I need to be responsible for on my own? And should I do it? I don't want to be violating reasonable privacy of the employees.