Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force

Icon Realty Management Settles with Attorney General in Tenant Harassment Probe

Posted September 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

Icon must pay up. Last month, news broke that the joint city-state Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force was probing Icon Realty Management for alleged tenant harassment at many of its rent regulated buildings. The investigation involved the New York Attorney General’s office, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the city Department […]

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Report: Big Real Estate Against City Council Tenant Advocate Bill that would Curb Construction as Harassment

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Last week, the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings considered more than a dozen tenant-friendly bills that would provide protection from landlord harassment. Yet, one in particular, code-named Intro. 1523, drew the most attention, as it would carve out a new position within the Department of Buildings with the purpose of weighing tenants’ welfare […]

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Landlord Indicted for Mortgage Fraud Scheme at 43 Essex Street, Faces 25 Years

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

The dominoes continue to fall… Local landlord Dean Galasso was indicted yesterday for six felony charges in a scheme to fraudulently obtain a multi-million dollar mortgage to buy 43 Essex Street (formerly home to G&S Sporting Goods), Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. He’s being charged with submitting bogus documents to a bank, including a phony […]

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Landlord Still Making Life Hell for Residents of 43 Essex Street

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Paul Galasso is a relative welterweight in the league of ego-driven landlords. From nowhere, he’s quickly rising to the top of the charts with alleged tenant harassment tactics that rival the likes of Steve Croman. 43 Essex Street is case-in-point, a flashpoint pre-war property acquired by Galasso in the fall of 2014. The owner purchased […]

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Reader Report: Landlord Continues to Harass Chinese Tenants at 135-137 Eldridge Street

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

​A year later, the alleged tenant harassment at 135-137 Eldridge Street shows no sign of abating. Case in point – we’re told that a few residents were allegedly served 30-day lease termination notices before Thanksgiving due to ambiguous “repair work.” Essentially made homeless at a time when the spotlight focuses to those in need. To […]

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When Landlords Skirt the Law and Claim Buildings are Vacant Despite Tenants

Posted September 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

In a city rife with gentrification and the displacement it foments, greedy landlords pretty much always take advantage of the system. Especially on the Lower East Side, where shady characters like Steve Croman, Samy Mahfar, and Ben Shaoul consistently convert low-income apartment buildings to luxury. One of the most prevalent tactics employed in doing so […]

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Spotlighting the Ongoing Tenant Harassment at 58 Kenmare Street

Posted September 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

Let’s turn the spotlight to 58 Kenmare Street, a corner property in Little Italy undergoing luxury renovation. As you might guess, it’s a story of purported landlord harassment against rent regulated tenants struggling to hang on. The shit first hit the fan back in April, when Marc Cohen and brother Jack together purchased the building […]

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‘Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force’ Collars First Landlord for Endangering Rent Regulated Tenants

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Are tenants finally getting a leg up on landlords with a penchant for harassment? It’s possible. Four months after its press-friendly debut, the much-ballyhooed Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force collared its first bad landlord. It’s a building owner in Crown Heights. Charges were brought against Daniel Melamed for endangering the health and safety of tenants […]

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