Tenants to get payments from big NYC renter-harassment case

December 13, 2018 - 6:50 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- Restitution money is on the way to some former tenants of a major New York City landlord who was accused of bullying people out of rent-regulated apartments.

State Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Thursday that first-round payments of $2,425 apiece are being mailed to Steven Croman's ex-tenants.

Almost 800 households have applied. There are eligibility requirements.

Croman agreed to pay $8 million into a restitution fund as part of a settlement last year. The AG's office had sued him, saying he harassed rent-stabilized tenants in hopes they'd leave and he could hike the price.

His company, 9300 Realty Inc., said Thursday it's diligently implementing the agreement and focusing on ``using best practices to provide quality housing.''

Under the settlement, an independent company is now managing over 100 Croman buildings.