Share Your Tales of Landlord Abuse at These Public Forums in July

Joel Israel blames tenants for the apartments he destroyed
An apartment destroyed by NYC landlord. Image via CBS New York

Multiple stories have circulated that depict the horrifying and downright despicable things some NYC landlords have done to vacate tenants from their affordable housing units. Some landlords have tricked and deceived tenants, others have straight-up smashed some apartments into total disrepair. To combat or at least start a public forum where gross wrongdoings like these can be addressed, Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams has called together a series of town hall meetings this month, where displaced residents can share their experiences of manipulation, harassment and horror.

Tenants’ stories won’t fall on deaf ears either, as a team of attorneys from the tenants’ rights organization the Brooklyn Legal Services are teaming up with Adams on the project. As per the Brooklyn Paper, which reported the story earlier today, attorneys working on the issue will “send the tenants’ claims to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force for possible criminal charges.”

The meetings will take place throughout July in various venues throughout downtown Brooklyn (Brooklyn Borough Hall Downtown, July 14th), Bed-Stuy (Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, July 16th) and Prospect Lefferts Gardens (State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, July 28th). All events start at 6pm.

If you’re unable to attend, you can email a landlord complaint to the address linked here.

[H/T Brooklyn Paper]


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