Landlord Fined $4,000 for Harassing Apartment Occupant to Force Relocation

LVT Number: #30957

Former landlord of a three-family house rented a bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment to tenant, who lived there with her daughter. The apartment also contained a third, illegal bedroom. New landlords bought the house and moved into the other bedrooms without prior notice to, or consent from, tenant.  They did this after failing to get tenant to move out. Tenant sued landlords, claiming harassment and asking the court to prevent landlords from living in the apartment.

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Butler v. Thomas: NYLJ No. 1598264213, 2020 NY Slip Op 20230 (Civ. Ct. Kings/ 8/19/20; Wang, J)