Brooklyn Tenants Suing Landlord

April 17, 2014

Some Brooklyn, N.Y., tenants claim their landlord is trying to force them out to collect higher rents from a more affluent clientele.

Tenants of Homewood Gardens Estates in the Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood have filed a federal lawsuit against the complex and its owners.

They allege the landlord failed to make repairs and seldom cashed rent checks in a scheme to evict them from their rent-controlled apartments.

One woman who’s lived there 14 years said she’s gone without hot water since Friday and the landlord has yet to respond to a repair request.

Attorneys for the group say white tenants don’t face the same treatment.

Homewood Gardens Estates says owner Yeshaya Wasserman won’t be back in the office to respond to questions about the lawsuit until Wednesday.

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