Landlord Harassment

De Blasio Signs Law that Provides Sweeping Protections Against Tenant Harassment

Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:15 am

On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio signed a groundbreaking bill into law – one that serves as the first line of defense against those landlords who self-certify and use illegal construction to force tenants out of their homes. By passing “Intro 918,” the city will increase DOB inspections for construction applications at buildings where more […]

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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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AG Schneiderman Settles Civil Suit with Landlord Samy Mahfar for $225K

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:27 am

The ongoing civil lawsuit against notorious landlord Samy Mahfar brought by tenants in four of his Lower East Side buildings has reached conclusion. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman settled with the area landlord yesterday for a pittance. He got off easy with a $225K settlement. The three-year period between 2013 and 2016 was a busy one […]

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Report: Slumlord Steve Croman to Cop Plea Deal with Light Sentence

Posted May 3, 2017 at 5:04 am

One year ago, Steve Croman was charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument. Not to mention a simultaneous civil lawsuit for allegedly “directing an illegal operation that wields harassment, coercion and fraud to force rent-regulated tenants out of their apartments.” He’s been free on $500,000 bail […]

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Report: Big Real Estate Against City Council Tenant Advocate Bill that would Curb Construction as Harassment

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Last week, the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings considered more than a dozen tenant-friendly bills that would provide protection from landlord harassment. Yet, one in particular, code-named Intro. 1523, drew the most attention, as it would carve out a new position within the Department of Buildings with the purpose of weighing tenants’ welfare […]

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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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Displaced Croman Tenants Return to the Battlezone of 159 Stanton Street

Posted April 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

After a month in exile, Steve Croman’s tenants were finally permitted to return home to 159 Stanton Street. The city had issued a partial vacate order in late February, which led to their temporary removal. The fiasco centered on the purported death-trap living conditions that residents of this tenement faced. We learned that fire-stopping materials […]

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Left in Limbo: Choosing Between Safety and Keeping Our Homes at 159 Stanton [OP-ED]

Posted March 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

The following piece was written by a vacated tenant on behalf of the 159 Stanton Street Tenants Association. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, two apartments at 159 Stanton Street, were vacated due to “imminent danger” to people and property in the building. Several residents, including a 12-year-old child, were displaced. We have been left in limbo, […]

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Croman Tenants at 159 Stanton Street Displaced Due to Perilous Living Conditions

Posted February 27, 2017 at 5:17 am

“I can’t sleep here, the ceiling could come down on me while sleeping.” –Scared Tenant, 159 Stanton Street The timing was tragic. Two days after New York City Housing Court demanded slumlord Steve Croman (aka 9300 Realty) address structural problems on the third floor, two apartments were vacated by order of the city. Several residents had already […]

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Croman Tenants at 159 Stanton Street Head Back to Court as Living Conditions Worsen

Last modified February 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

While reviled landlord Steve Croman awaits judgement on charges of twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument, tenants at one of his Lower East Side properties are pressing ahead with their own lawsuit. You’ll recall that tenants at 159 Stanton Street collectively filed suit against Steve Croman back […]

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