AG Announces Second Round of Restitution for Croman Tenants

Posted on: May 31st, 2019 at 5:02 am by

Steve Croman on Mott Street, Feb. 2017

For tenants who endured harassment from ex-con landlord Steve Croman, the second of four rounds of restitution is on the way.

Those who lived, or currently live, in one of the buildings owned by the controversial landlord (aka 9300 Realty) can apply to receive another chunk of the $8 million in settlement money. The first round was paid out by the Attorney General’s office this past December – households received $2,425 in payment.

Deadline to submit is June 27.

Eligibility criteria recap: if residents are or were a tenant in a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled apartment owned by Croman between July 1, 2011 and the date of the agreement (December 20, 2017); they received a buyout of less than $20,000, not including any amount that purported to cover rent or arrears; and no other tenant in their apartment received money from the restitution fund. Also, residents who received restitution in the first round are automatically approved for future payments and need not re-apply.

“It’s unconscionable for a landlord to unlawfully force a family from its home simply to improve his own bottom-line,” said Attorney General Letitia James in a public statement. “I’m pleased that this settlement provides Croman tenants with long overdue restitution and additional protections. Unscrupulous landlords like Steve Croman are not above the law, and we remain committed to holding bad-acting landlords accountable for taking advantage of New Yorkers.”

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