Hundreds of Brooklyn Renters to Get Payback From Overcharging Landlords

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    At left: Brooklyn apartments buildings that should be rent stabilized. Photos via PropertyShark. At right: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo via Flickr

    Landlords have been overcharging tenants in thousands of Brooklyn apartments, according to a report from the office of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Is your building on the list?

    The landlords were overcharging tenants in apartments that should have been rent stabilized in exchange for the 421-a tax break. The landlords got their money. But then they charged market-rate rents.

    The state’s been getting a lot of media flack for its enormous lack of enforcement of the 421-a rent stabilization. Now, they’re trying to make up for it.

    The newly established Real Estate Tax Compliance Program is taking greedy landlords to task, requiring them to pay back tenants and inform them of their rent-stabilized status, or give back the tax money.

    Here’s a list of nine Brooklyn landlords who recently settled with the State and will be paying back their tenants:

    • Aron Kapelyus, who owned 134 apartments in 10 buildings in Williamsburg Bed Stuy “systematically deprived all his tenants in those buildings of rent-stabilized leases,” according to the A.G. He will pay $103,500 to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund and “has begun supplying all his tenants in the following buildings with the protections of a rent-stabilized lease for the first time.” The buildings are:
      — 241 South 2nd Street in Williamsburg
      — 208 South 3rd Street in Williamsburg
      — 120 South 2nd Street in Williamsburg
      — 337 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg
      — 442 South 5th Street in Williamsburg
      — 147 Maujer Street in Williamsburg
      — 543-545 Kosciuszko Street in Bedford Stuyvesant
      — 417-419 Hart Street in Bedford Stuyvesant
      — 367 Classon Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant
      — 185-187 Clifton Place in Bedford Stuyvesant

    • 2801 Emmons Avenue, LLC,  the developer of the 49 unit building located at 2801 Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, “will now register all the apartments in that building as rent-stabilized, and will pay $49,000 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund and a further $75,000 in penalties, fees and costs to the State” said the A.G.

    • 782 Hart St. Realty Inc., in Bushwick “will now provide rent-stabilized leases to the 19 families living there and pay $47,500 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund.”

    • 1997 Ocean Avenue, LLC will provide rent stabilized leases to 12 families residing at the Midwood address. The developer will also pay $12,000 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund, the A.G. said.

    • Ten families at 630 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamburg “will receive rent-stabilized leases and the building owner 630 Metropolitan Avenue LLC has agreed to pay $10,000 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund.”

    • Eight families at 271 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint “will be receiving rent-stabilized leases, and the developer of that building will pay $8,000 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund.”

    • In South Slope, “the developer of the building at 187 23rdStreet, 187 23rd Street, LLC, will now provide rent-stabilized leases to the 7 families residing there and pay $10,000 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund,” said the A.G.

    • Charal Corporation, the developer of 131 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, will offer “rent-stabilized leases to the six families living there, and will also pay $6,000 to in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund.”

    • A developer of 90 Clay Street in Greenpoint, aka 90 Clay Street LLC, “will pay $40,000 in restitution to the City’s Affordable Housing – AG Settlement Fund and a further $20,000 in penalties, fees and costs to the State.”

    And here’s a full list of 39 Brooklyn landlords that still haven’t owned-up to their over-charging, taken from the A.G.’s statement:

    Building Address Borough Landlord Appx. # residential apartments
    375-377 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn 375 Franklin Avenue LLC 10
    1205 New York Avenue Brooklyn 1201 New York Avenue LLC 9
    299 McGuiness Boulevard Brooklyn 301 Development LLC 10
    141 Dupont Street Brooklyn 98 Clay St. LLC 8
    754 40th Street Brooklyn 754 40th Street LLC 8
    6 Bayridge Avenue Brooklyn 8 Loujain LLC 6
    3052 Brighton 5th Street Brooklyn DMR Holding LLC 15
    28 Melrose Street Brooklyn 28 Melrose Realty LLC 6
    518 Meeker Avenue Brooklyn 518 Meeker Avenue Realty, Inc. 10
    411 99th Street Brooklyn Garg Development, Inc. 4
    279 Lake Street Brooklyn 279 Lake Street LLC 12
    2815 Shell Road Brooklyn Kujtim Lulani 3
    2813 Shell Road Brooklyn Zuber and Zada Nikovic 3
    2817 Shore Parkway Brooklyn Angelo and Felice Dellegrazie 3
    2613 & 2615 Shore Parkway Brooklyn Lina & Emmanuele Alaimo 6
    215 Bay 49th Street Brooklyn Jian Sheng Lin and Lian Xiu Tan 3
    52 Avenue W Brooklyn Cheung Kong International Co. Inc. 6
    679 East 3rd Street Brooklyn 679 East 3rd LLC 5
    516-518 Kingston Avenue Brooklyn 516 Kingston LLC 5
    146 Diamond Street Brooklyn 146 Diamond LLC 4
    300 20th Street Brooklyn 300 20th Street LLC 4
    1223 42nd Street Brooklyn Hadassah Oberlander 3
    186 Green Street Brooklyn Osho Developers 186 LLC 8
    345 Ovington Avenue Brooklyn 345 Ovington LLC 25
    1569 84th Street Brooklyn 1569 84th Street LLC 6
    194 Wallabout Street Brooklyn Flushing Acquisitions Holdings, LLC 4
    15 Bay 29th Street Brooklyn 1529 Bay 29th Street Realty Corp. 6
    17 and 21 Bay 31th Street Brooklyn LMJ Realty LLC 12
    165 West 9th Street Brooklyn Tunnel Condos LLC 10
    1713 Bath Avenue Brooklyn Guo Hui Wu and Li Li Chen 6
    1270 58th Street Brooklyn Moses Trebitsh 3
    57, 59, 61 Bay 31st Street Brooklyn 57 Bay 31 Street LLC 9
    73 and 75 Grand Avenue Brooklyn The Grand 73 LLC 19
    1775 East 17th Street Brooklyn 1775 East 17th St BH LLC 6
    240 Richardson Street Brooklyn GW Properties of NY LLC 7
    3738 Shore Parkway Brooklyn Meserau Court LLC 6
    489 Maple Street Brooklyn Maple 18 Corp. 3
    2607 Albemarle Road
    2603 Albemarle Road
    910 Rogers Avenue
    89 Veronica Place
    Brooklyn Rogers Plaza LLC 12
    2605 Albemarle Road Brooklyn Glendora Burnett-Gentles 3

    For more information, you can read Schneiderman’s full announcement here.

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