Court Orders Damages Against Landlord for Harassing Tenants

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Tenants sued landlord, claiming building violations including harassment. The court ruled for tenants after an inquest at which landlord failed to appear. Tenants testified that landlord changed locks, illegally locked them out, and that property was missing from their apartments. They also said that landlord consistently harassed them about surrendering rights to their apartments. The court found that tenants established that landlord engaged in repeated acts, or omissions, of such significance as to substantially interfere with tenants' peaceful enjoyment of their apartments.

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Caban v. Silver: Index No. HP3383/18, NYLJ No. 1549886099 (Civ. Ct. Kings; 1/9/19; Kuzniewski, J)