Tenant Harassment

Hell Square Hell: Inside 151-153 Ludlow Street During Slate’s Luxury Conversion [Updated]

Last modified January 19, 2018 at 7:33 am

[Updated below] It’s construction hell for these Hell Square tenements. The side-by-side properties comprising 151-153 Ludlow Street are together amidst an upgrade, with tenants apparently in the crossfire. Another play on the same old song and dance. Rivington House co-owner Slate Property Group purchased the two buildings for $12.5 million over the summer and plotted […]

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Bowery Residents Stave off Eviction as State Deems Apartments Rent Stabilized

Last modified December 30, 2017 at 12:25 am

Chinatown tenants embroiled in a legal struggle against eviction for more than two years have reason to rejoice. The state sided with the 27 low-income families living here in a ruling that confirms the apartments in question at 83-85 Bowery as rent stabilized buildings. Residents alleged that landlord Joseph Betesh, of Milestone Equities and Dr. […]

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City Council Passes Bills Aimed at Preventing Tenant Harassment

Posted December 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

As you try to clean out your desk for year-end, so too is City Council. At its final meeting of the year this past Tuesday, the governing body passed a flurry of bills aimed at creating more affordable housing, preventing tenant harassment, and collecting landlord data. The latter legislation is certainly one of the more […]

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Steve Croman Forced to Pay $8M Settlement in Tenant Harassment Lawsuit

Last modified December 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

Yesterday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement in the civil case against controversial landlord Steven Croman for “engaging in illegal conduct, including harassment, coercion, and fraud, to force rent-regulated tenants out of their apartments and convert their apartments into highly profitable market-rate units.” The consent decree requires Croman to fork over $8 million into […]

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Convicted Landlord Steve Croman will be Sent to Rikers Tomorrow

Last modified October 26, 2017 at 11:23 pm

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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Tenants Rally to Applaud City Council Vote to Stop ‘Construction as Harassment’

Posted September 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

There is a rally this afternoon to applaud the City Council vote on legislation to stop the trend of “construction as harassment.” The event is organized by the Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition, whose mission is the same. They’re a collection of community organizations “fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City […]

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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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