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

Ten tenants in three rent-regulated Brooklyn apartment buildings are suing their landlords with the help of Brooklyn Legal Services over "degrading" conditions.

News Story (New York)

Michael Gartland
New York Daily News
April 30, 2019

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (BKA), Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)


“These buildings are unsanitary fire traps,” said Catherine Frizell, an attorney with Brooklyn Legal Services NYC’s Tenant Rights Coalition. “Not only is the landlord terrorizing these tenants to drive them out of their rent-stabilized homes, but they are actively putting the tenants’ lives at risk.”

Brooklyn Legal Services is representing the 10 clients.

The three buildings — 599, 607 and 611 Flatbush Ave. — combined have 18 outstanding violations in the city’s Buildings Department database. According to Legal Services NYC, 220 housing violations have piled up on the three addresses, which are controlled by the Shasho family.