‘Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force’ Collars First Landlord for Endangering Rent Regulated Tenants

Posted on: June 18th, 2015 at 5:10 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Landlord Daniel Melamed was arrested for harassing tenants

Are tenants finally getting a leg up on landlords with a penchant for harassment? It’s possible.

Four months after its press-friendly debut, the much-ballyhooed Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force collared its first bad landlord. It’s a building owner in Crown Heights. Charges were brought against Daniel Melamed for endangering the health and safety of tenants at 1578 Union Street in Brooklyn; his engineer Pirooz Soltanizadeh was also indicted.

So the bureaucratic construct actually has teeth, after all…

It’s clear that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to make an example of Melamed (“if you harass intimidate or jeopardize the health and safety of your tenants, we will come after you with the full force of the law”). His is the first arrest as a result of the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force. Indictment was based on tactics such as allegedly shutting heat, lead dust exposure of 88 times the permissable threshold, and unlawfully destroying interior walls and common spaces in the building.

Below is the press release from Attorney General Schneiderman:

Today’s charges send a strong message to landlords across New York City: if you harass, intimidate, or jeopardize the health and safety of your tenants, we will come after you with the full force of the law. Our task force is working hard to identify, investigate, and prosecute the worst landlords in this city. I look forward to continue working with Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and my many other colleagues in government to continue the task force’s work on behalf of all New York City residents.

Recent Stories

Rehab Begins for Fire-Ravaged School Building in Chinatown

In the wake of the devastating fire at the old Public School 23 building in Chinatown, the cleanup and rehab is full throttle. City contractors starting assembling scaffolding at the scorched 70 Mulberry Street earlier this week. The web of bars is making its way up the whole structure ahead of imminent debris removal. Meanwhile, […]

‘Bel Fries’ Nears Opening on Ludlow Street

The plywood is deposed, revealing the second fast-fry joint for Hell Square. Indeed, it took eighteen months, and several different murals on its shed, but Bel Fries is pretty much ready to go at 132 Ludlow Street. When we first broke word of its arrival in September 2018, we had been told it was called […]

Embattled WeWork Expands into New SoHo Development with 5-Story Workspace

WeWork just opened its latest downtown co-working location, with an enormous stake in a new SoHo development. Nameplate is up. The embattled company took a chunk of 140 Crosby Street (aka 606 Broadway), which came on line last year. The footprint is massive, with office space sprawled across five floors of the modern building. For […]

Pornhub Pop-up Heads to Allen Street for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Pornhub is pulling out the stops with a Lower East Side store. Beginning today, the porn website is hosting a two-day pop-up on Allen Street. Located at the corner of Broome Street – and steps from the Janina synagogue – the stunt is meant to woo horny locals to become premium customers. […]

Face Mask Price Gouging and Long Lines at Chinatown Post Offices Amidst Coronavirus Fears

With elevated fears over Coronavirus gripping the world, many like myself, with family in China and Hong Kong, are worried about the shortage of surgical or N95 face masks overseas. While the masks themselves might not be sufficient protection against the virus, it does provide some measure of comfort. But as I discovered, buying these […]