Tenant Harassment

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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Tenants Harassed by Croman Can Now Receive a Piece of $8M Settlement Fund

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:06 am

It’s time for “Crow man” 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 […]

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85 Bowery Tenants and Landlord Officially Reach Agreement on Renovations and Return Date

Posted July 9, 2018 at 5:02 am

Six months after the well-publicized eviction, the saga of 85 Bowery is slowly drawing to a close. Both sides last week announced the settlement of litigation and agreement on a return date for displaced tenants. Timetable is sometime “by August 31,” when renovation work is anticipated to conclude. “This agreement represents a positive outcome for […]

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CM Chin Urges ‘Firm Deadline’ for 85 Bowery Tenants to Return Home

Posted June 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

Tenants are again pushing for direct city intervention in the ongoing saga of 85 Bowery. It’s been five months without a clear-cut timeframe as to when residents can return home; ambiguity is running rampant. Yesterday, resident leaders held a press conference on the steps of 85 Bowery to draw attention to allegations that landlord Joseph […]

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85 Bowery Tenants Allege Landlord Reneged on Deal for Return Home

Last modified June 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

The saga of 85 Bowery continues today with tenants alleging that landlord Joseph Betesh reneged on a negotiated deal for families to return home. Hunger striking tenants a couple weeks ago had called off the protest after an alleged accord was in the offing. Resident leaders are holding a press conference on the steps of […]

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