Landlord Cuts Cooking Gas To Force Out Elderly Tenants, Lawyers Say

A landlord is trying to push out a handful of elderly rent-stabilized tenants by depriving them of cooking gas after harassing them with buyout offers did not do the job, say residents.
News Story (New York)

Allegra Hobbs
DNAinfo (NYC and Chicago)
March 24, 2016

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)


The residents at 211 Madison St., several of whom are more than 80 years old and have been in the building for decades, said they have been suffering for roughly four months without gas, leaving them unable to make the food for their restricted diets and placing a hardship on their caretakers.

“It is so difficult,” said 91-year-old Puiming Tang-Wong, who has lived in her apartment for 43 years. “I don’t have soup to drink.”

Tang-Wong’s caretaker either has to make the broth at her own home and bring it to her client, or dish out money for a take-out alternative.

Tang-Wong and 10 other tenants — represented by Manhattan Legal Services and tenant advocacy group Asian Americans for Equality — were taking landlord Silverstone Property Group to Housing Court on Thursday to demand the group quickly restore the gas.