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Brooklyn tenants sue landlord, allege harassment, no heat and illegal Airbnb rentals


Added 04-16-19 06:25:02pm EST - “Ten tenants living in three rent-regulated Brooklyn apartment buildings are suing their landlords over allegations they've been harassed, denied heat and hot water and forced to live in dangerous conditions with no relief. The tenants,…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Brooklyn tenants sue landlord, allege harassment, no heat and illegal Airbnb rentals”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ten tenants in three rent-regulated Brooklyn apartment buildings are suing their landlords over allegations they’ve been harassed, denied heat and hot water and forced to live in dangerous, degrading conditions.

The tenants, who live in the gentrifying Prospect-Lefferts Gardens area, also claim their landlords and their related companies offered them unwanted buyout deals and converted newly vacant units into Airbnb listings — equipped with heat and air-conditioning, coffee machines and flat screen TVs.

“In the wintertime, I freeze in my own apartment because there’s no heat,” said Digna Doesserie-Mitchel, a tenant at 611 Flatbush Ave. since 2006. “How is the landlord going to fix up these other apartments for Airbnb and not maintain the rest of the building? We actually live here. We pay our rent just like everyone else.”

The lawsuit from Doesserie-Mitchel and her nine co-plaintiffs was filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

In it, the tenants claim that landlords Miriam, William, Richard and Michelle Shasho, along with the companies 611 Flatbush Realty Corp. and First Kings Management LLC, illegally converted rent-stabilized apartments to short-term Airbnbs and failed to provide fire and safety features required under law.

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