AG nails landlord for breaking rent law, promises more to come

Ink Property Group and three of its principals will pay up to $1.75 million to settle claims by state Attorney General Letitia James that they duped rent-stabilized tenants out of leases, illegally deregulated units and falsified financial documents to secure bank loans. But for now, Ink is on the hook for only a fraction of that. The firm has shelled out $300,000 to a state affordable housing fund and promised $400,000 to the tenants who

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Sol power: Megalandlord’s property empire subject of exhibit at the Tate

In the days before ACRIS and internet sleuths, Sol Goldman’s Manhattan property empire was cloaked in near-total secrecy, its only paper trail lying unassembled inside the dusty filing cabinets of the New York county clerk’s office. In 1972, at the height of Goldman’s dominance and notoriety, Hans Haacke decided to piece it all together. Building by building, Haacke, a German-born artist, sketched a treasure map documenting the location, purchase price and ownership entities of the

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Bronx tenants on verge of buying their apartments for $2,500 each

A group of Bronx tenants who banded together to fight rent increases proposed by a new landlord are nearing the end of a city-backed process to buy the building from him and sell themselves their living spaces for just $2,500 each. The New York Times is reporting it took more than five years of work, the help of an affordable housing non-profit that takes advantage of an old city program, as well as an assist

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Mayor takes landlord Moshe Piller to court, part of promised crackdown

Moshe Piller, who ranked 28th on this year’s “worst landlord watchlist,” just got hit with a city lawsuit over 1,900 violations across 927 apartments, an average of two per unit. Mayor Eric Adams said the filing is a part of his “ramped-up” enforcement against owners whose buildings’ violations place tenants at risk. Adams said the suit should serve as a “clear message” that landlords “who break the law will pay.” “While Piller made millions in

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Landlords largely dodge charges for illegal eviction claims

New York City’s eviction moratorium sent tensions between landlords and tenants to a boiling point, but thousands of illegal eviction claims were met with inaction from police. State court data shows the NYPD made 39 arrests where unlawful eviction was a top charge in 2020 and 2021, The City reported. Police also issued 131 criminal summonses during that period, significantly less serious than an arrest. The arrests and summonses are a miniscule share of the

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The “worst” landlords? Depends how you count

Right in time for the holiday season, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ list of naughty landlords went live this week, just as tenant groups released a round-up of the city’s “worst evictors.” But are the firms that got fingered really the worst? Over the years, the public advocate’s office has dropped that word and renamed its tracker the “landlord watchlist,” as well as changed its methodology in an effort to single out sleaze rather than size.

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The biggest landlord you don’t know: Meet the 36-year-old behind one of the priciest-ever apartment deals in NYC

Even as he acquired 4,000 apartments over the last dozen years, Josh Gotlib managed to stay under the radar. His $850 million play for one of New York’s most prominent rental towers may finally thrust him into the spotlight. Gotlib, who runs real estate investment firm Black Spruce Management, struck his biggest deal yet by going into contract to buy the American Copper Buildings, twin luxury towers overlooking the East River in Murray Hill. The

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East Village landlord collected rent from deceased CEO’s account, lawsuit says

A new lawsuit filed by the parents of late Skylight Studios CEO Jennifer Blumin accuses her East Village landlord of collecting rent from her account after her shocking death. Deborah and Stuart Blumin filed the suit on Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The couple alleges landlord Steven Gold (not the Corcoran agent of the same name) and Keyland NY LLC continued collecting rent at 203 East 13th Street after Jennifer, her boyfriend and two young

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New York’s “worst landlord” pays the piper in $235k city settlement

For New York City’s so-called worst landlord, the rent has come due. In a settlement with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Jason Korn agreed to pay $235,000 in civil penalties, the Patch reported. The penalties stem from building violations and tenant harassment at six different buildings, including four in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan. Korn has become a mainstay on the city’s Worst Landlord Watchlist, topping the notorious ranking for two years running.

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Landlords are their own worst enemy: report

Listen up, landlords: The culprit behind tenant churn has been unmasked, and it was you all along. A report by resident-experience firm Zego found that tenants were twice as likely to turn down a lease renewal because of a factor under their landlord’s control than for personal reasons. Citing a survey of 372,000 renters by the National Multifamily Housing Council, Zego noted that nearly one-third of respondents chose not to re-up a lease because they

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