December 5, 2018

Affiliate of Kaled Management agrees to pay tenants of J-51 building $850K

Tenants at a Murray Hill apartment building will receive $850,000 in rent refunds following a settlement they reached with their landlord Hewlett Associates, according to the watchdog group Housing Rights Initiative . . .


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October 1, 2018

Two more class-action lawsuits target NYC landlords abusing J-51 tax program

An investigation by the housing watchdog group, Housing Rights Initiative, has led to two more class-action lawsuits over landlords allegedly abusing the J-51 tax abatement program . . .


September 4, 2018

Housing Legal Clinic

Get help navigating the housing court process, responding to notices, dealing with threat of eviction, getting repairs from negligent landlords, and advocating for your rights as a tenant in New York City . . .


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August 23, 2018

Cuomo Lets Scofflaw Landlords Make Good — by Raising Rents

Mark Scharfman may not be the most infamous of New York landlords — at least not on the scale of a Croman, Walentas, or Kushner — but he’s still managed to attract a bit of notoriety in his decades-long real estate career . . .


August 15, 2018

Court shift gives landlords leg up in deregulation rent disputes

As rent deregulation disputes continue to pile up in state court, many of these cases are being bounced from Supreme Court to the state’s housing agency. Since late last year, Supreme Court judges have referred at least a dozen rent overcharge cases to the state’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal, a shift that appears to have tilted these matters in the favor of landlords . . .


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May 22, 2018

State wrongly hid identities of landlords accused of cheating rent-stabilization rules: tenant advocates

Tenants are calling on the state to unveil the identities of various landlords accused of unlawfully deregulating rent-stabilized apartments. A petition filed this month claims the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal is wrongly hiding the identities of landlords who allegedly deregulated rent-stabilized apartments . . .


May 22, 2018

Housing Group Sues for Information on Landlords Skirting the Law

A New York City law firm and a housing group have sued to get the state housing agency to release the names of buildings owners who violated the rules of a property tax break program.  The law firm, Grimble & LoGuidice, used the states Freedom of Information Law to request the information back in February . .


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May 21, 2018

DHCR hid identities of landlords suspected of wrongdoing, court papers say

A state agency dedicated to protecting affordable housing is wrongly shielding the identities of landlords accused of illegally deregulating rent-stabilized apartments, court papers claim. Lawyers Robert Grimble and Shaina Weissman, who've represented tenants in rent disputes, filed a petition . . .


March 27, 2018

Tenants file suit saying developer illegally pushed them out of rent stabilized homes

A Manhattan-based property manager illegally deregulated hundreds of rent-stabilized apartments in Queens, while receiving a tax break that mandates the homes be leased for less than market rate, according to a class-action lawsuit being filed today . . .


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March 8, 2018

East Harlem landlords skirted rent stabilization rules, lawsuits claim

The nonprofit Housing Rights Initiative and its law firm partners are slated to file four class action lawsuits Thursday alleging East Harlem landlords have benefited from a tax break without abiding by rent rules tied to the incentive . . .


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June 22, 2015

Charlie Bird Restaurateur Reaches Agreement With New Neighbors

A hip young chef has assuaged the fears of Kenmare Street residents concerned about a new restaurant he has planned for their street — by promising to maintain their peace and quiet with earlier closing times . . .


August 8, 2014

More Croman troubles as tenants claim harassment by ex-cop

Millionaire landlord Steven Croman, under investigation from state regulators for alleged tenant harassment, is facing new allegations that he refused to renew leases at a Lower East Side building that is under a partial vacate order . . .


November 22, 2013

Appeals court voids Extell’s Belnord tenant deal

A New York State appeals court has thrown out an unorthodox lease agreement between Extell Development and dozens of tenants at the Belnord on the Upper West Side, finding that the landlord could not write its own rules on rent stabilization, even with the tenants’ consent . . .


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March 10, 2015

Tenant Empowerment Program launched to provide West Harlem residents access to legal advice

Tenant organizers in West Harlem launched the Tenant Empowerment Program, which aims to connect tenants with legal services and create and strengthen tenant associations in the neighborhood, last Saturday in order to help residents navigate through misinformation and a lack of awareness in the landlord-tenant relationship . . .


December 5, 2014

Ziel Feldman’s HFZ in contract to buy Extell’s Belnord: sources

Gary Barnett’s Extell Development is in contract to sell the Belnord, a storied, block-long rental building on the Upper West Side, The Real Deal has learned. Sources said the buyer is Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital Group, which has made several big bets on rental product in the neighborhood. Feldman also was one of Barnett’s investors when Barnett bought the Belnord in 1994 for the bargain price of $15 million . . .


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August 4, 2014

Fighting The Landlord

East Village The lawsuit reads like a legendary New York housing horror story. In the Supreme Court filing from Aug. 6, there's the building's infestation of rodents and vermin, the perpetually unlocked front door, and the drug addicts who routinely roam the halls, according to the complaint . . .


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October 21, 2013

A Landmark Building With a Fraught History

The Belnord is a powerfully built limestone rental building that occupies an entire city block on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Many windows are the width of a grown woman’s wingspan. The outer walls, as if built for a fortress, are nearly a foot thick. And the building has a 22,000-square-foot interior courtyard sprouting with well-manicured trees. Some of its apartments ask for $35,000, even $45,000, a month . . .


July 31, 2008

Developer, Battling Tenants, Offers New Amenity

A condominium conversion in Midtown that is embroiled in a legal fight with tenants is banking on a luxurious new amenity to help attract wealthy buyers. The developer of Sheffield57, Kent Swig, is battling a request from the building's rent-stabilized tenants for a city administrator to take control of the property, at 322 W. 57th St. The 47 tenants are accusing Mr. Swig of trying to force them to leave by failing to address collapsed ceilings, flooding, and asbestos contamination . . .


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March 10, 2004

Eviction battle of Minetta Lane may finally end

Call it the “Upstairs, Downstairs” of Greenwich Village. The 16-year legal dispute between Robert A. Dabrowski and the landlord who lives above him at 24 Minetta Lane is a saga of money and mutual mistrust. But the story could soon end, due to a decision last month by a state appeals court that cleared the way for Dabrowski’s eviction . . .