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Prospect Lefferts Gardens residents accuse landlords of illegally trying to force them out

April 17, 2019 - 7:40 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) Longtime tenants in three rent-regulated buildings on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens are accusing their landlords of trying to force them out to raise rents in the gentrifying neighborhood.

“Our clients go through the winter and the frigid cold, you know, one client had gone 88 days without any heat,” said Catherine Frizell, an attorney representing the tenants.

She says the tenants’ apartments have mold and broken appliances, and when they ask for replacements, the landlord brings them replacements with rodents inside.

Frizell said that the landlord’s game plan is “to drive them out of their apartment illegally so that he can drive up rent.”

She says the landlord is converting the vacant apartments to finely furnished Airbnbs to make a quick buck.

Brooklyn Legal Services is representing the tenants.

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