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Convicted Landlord Steve Croman will be Sent to Rikers Tomorrow

Posted October 2, 2017 at 5:08 am

For Steve Croman, sentencing day is again nigh. The controversial landlord returns to court tomorrow to hear what he already knows. He’s going to Rikers for a year-long stay. Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser had previously postponed Croman’s sentencing another two weeks so that he could observe the Jewish High Holidays. The reprieve […]

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Icon Realty Management Settles with Attorney General in Tenant Harassment Probe

Posted September 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

Icon must pay up. Last month, news broke that the joint city-state Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force was probing Icon Realty Management for alleged tenant harassment at many of its rent regulated buildings. The investigation involved the New York Attorney General’s office, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the city Department […]

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Slumlord Steve Croman is Headed to Rikers, Must Pay $5M Settlement

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:18 am

Steve Croman, a prolific New York City landlord (140 buildings) known for harassing his tenants and destroying quality of life, plead guilty yesterday to charges of fraudulently refinancing loans and comitting tax fraud. Under the terms of his plea, Croman will serve one year on Rikers Island and is forced to pay a $5 million […]

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AG Introduces Bill that Would Hold Landlords Criminally Accountable for Tenant Harassment

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm

There is finally a bit of momentum in combating landlords who have made an apparent cottage industry out of tenant harassment. Local offenders are finally being held accountable, even if the punishments don’t necessarily fit the bill. Yesterday, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman introduced a new bill that would hold these controversial building owners criminally accountable for […]

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Landlord Indicted for Mortgage Fraud Scheme at 43 Essex Street, Faces 25 Years

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

The dominoes continue to fall… Local landlord Dean Galasso was indicted yesterday for six felony charges in a scheme to fraudulently obtain a multi-million dollar mortgage to buy 43 Essex Street (formerly home to G&S Sporting Goods), Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. He’s being charged with submitting bogus documents to a bank, including a phony […]

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State Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Marolda Properties for Tenant Harassment

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Some of the more controversial Lower East Side landlords are finally getting their due and proper. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday launched another lawsuit against a landlord, this time it’s the notorious Marolda Properties. They’re named amongst a “group of landlords.” The story here is honestly no different than any other we’ve seen over […]

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This is How Slumlord Steve Croman Boots Rent Stabilized Tenants from His Properties

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm

This past spring, slumlord Steve Croman was charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument; his ahortgage broker Barry Swartz faces fifteen felonies including grand larceny, falsifying records, and conspiring to defraud. The two could get up to twenty-five years in prison apiece. Attorney General […]

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Attorney General Schneiderman Responds to Presentation on How to Evict Rent Stabilized Tenants

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:25 am

One particular speech from one real estate attorney caused seismic outrage last week. Michelle Itkowitz had spoken at TerraCRG’s “Only Brooklyn” summit about how to best evict rent regulated tenants from buildings. The presentation was called “Tenant Buyouts — The Next Generation.” Timing of the discussion was appropriate, as bad landlords around the city are under the microscope for […]

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