A notorious landlord in New York City was recently hit with multiple charges including forgery, grand larceny and additional related charges following an investigation into multiple reports of neglect and unsafe conditions of his rental properties.
The landlord, who owns multiple properties in both Queens and Manhattan, first attempted to obtain a $5 million mortgage for another 10 unit building, but submitted fake rent-roll information and forged leases to the bank in charge of approving the loan. According to real estate records, he purchased the previous property in 2014 for $6.9 million dollars.
Tenants under the landlord reported that he went so far as to turn off cooking gas for a year and turned off heat and hot water shortly before a snowstorm in January of 2016. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had harsh words following news of the charges, specifically addressing "bad landlords" and stating that if they break the law, they will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Unfortunately, bad landlords throughout New York City and the surrounding area may use their perceived power to try to take advantage of tenants to cut costs or bully them into accepting unfavorable and illegal building conditions. Tenants do have rights though. If you believe that your rights as a tenant have been violated, you may want to speak with a lawyer to see what can be done. Protecting your rights during Landlord/Tenant disputes is important to assure that your home and your life are not compromised due to a bad landlord.
Source: New York Post, "Landlord nailed in $5M rental fraud scheme," By Rebecca Rosenberg, April 6, 2017