Tenant Harassment

Landlord Raphael Toledano Settles Harassment Lawsuit for $3M and Other Penalties

Posted June 21, 2019 at 5:07 am

Controversial landlord Raphael Toledano, long a perpetrator of harassment in his residential properties, must now pay the piper. Attorney General Letitia James yesterday announced a settlement with Toledano for $3 million in damages and penalties. An independent monitor will also oversee his real estate holdings to ensure fraud and harassment has ceased. Nor is he […]

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AG Announces Second Round of Restitution for Croman Tenants

Posted May 31, 2019 at 5:02 am

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 […]

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East Village Tenants of Bill O’Reilly’s Business Manager Exposed to High Levels of Lead Dust

Posted April 30, 2019 at 5:05 am

Evan Bell is perhaps best known for his role as high-profile business manager to celebrities like Bill O’Reilly, Marv Albert, Melissa Joan Hart, and Amanda Seyfried (Bell and Company). But tenants in his East Village apartment building want you to know that they’ve been exposed to dangerous levels of lead dust. Bell acquired 332 East […]

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Renovation of DelShah’s 138 Ludlow Exposed Tenants to Hazardous Levels of Lead Dust

Posted January 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

Controversial real estate magnate Michael Shah is accused by tenants of 138 Ludlow Street for creating a dangerous living environment. Ongoing demolition inside the Ludlow Street walkup – acquired by DelShah Capital in January 2018 for $19 million – reportedly kicked up hazardous amounts of lead dust. The Department of Health conducted an inspection of […]

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Are We Really the Fairest Big City with a Mayor for the 1%? [Op-Ed]

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:09 am

The following editorial was written by David Tieu on behalf of Youth Against Displacement, a group formed by youth across the City who aim to stand up against the Mayor’s pro-developer agenda and protect our communities from displacement. Last week, New Yorkers were greeted with two new proposals from the de Blasio administration: a “municipal […]

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Mayor Announces New Office to Protect Tenants from the City’s ‘Worst Landlords’

Posted January 11, 2019 at 5:08 am

The mayor is going further to hold corrupt landlords accountable in a more permanent fashion. During his annual State of the City address yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced the formation of the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, an oversight agency to help regulate this escalating tenant harassment issue. The nascent agency will ensure that the […]

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Deadline Nears for Croman Tenants to Submit Restitution Claims

Posted October 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

It’s time to pay the piper. For those who endured harassment from ex-con Steve Croman, who just got out of the clinker after an eight-month stint, restitution is on the way. Tenants who lived, or currently live, in one of the buildings owned by the controversial landlord (aka 9300 Realty) can now apply to receive […]

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CNBC’s ‘American Greed’ Focuses on Ex-Con Landlord Steve Croman

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:03 am

Ex-con Steve Croman is now the subject of a television hit piece by CNBC as part of its American Greed series. The second half of the program is dedicated to the notorious landlord in a segment appropriately called “Lousy Landlord.” You’ll recall that Croman completed his “white collar” sentence on June 1, having served eight months […]

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For 85 Bowery Residents, a Lion’s Welcome Home

Posted September 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

It was a holiday Friday, but that didn’t prevent the buildup of a media circus outside 85 Bowery in Chinatown. This was the official homecoming, and final chapter in the 85 Bowery saga, for dozens of tenants who were displaced eight months ago when their tenement home was deemed unsafe by the city. The nighttime […]

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Vacate Order Lifted, 85 Bowery Residents Finally Return Home Today

Posted August 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

Well that timetable ran right down to the wire. After being displaced for nearly eight months, the tenants of 85 Bowery are returning home today. Department of Buildings lifted the longstanding vacate order on Wednesday, permitting this late-summer homecoming. Early last month, litigation was settled between landlord Joseph Betesh and displaced residents, with an agreement […]

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